3.2 The Beginning of Theories & Models of Reflective Practice – John Dewey

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“We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” John Dewey (1933)

The fundamental theories and models of reflection and reflective practice were born initially from the work of Dewey and Schön. A century ago, John Dewey emphasized the importance of involving the learner in reflection. He believed that our experiences shape us, and when reflective practice is part of learning, meaning and relevancy is created, which initiates growth and change (Dewey, 1933).

The Concept of Experiential Learning starts with disturbance or uncertainty then to definition of the problem then to formulation of a thesis to reasoning and testing and lastly idea concept.
Dewey’s Learner in Reflection by Fanshawe College CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 (click to enlarge)

Video: John Dewey

Learn more about John Dewey’s theories on education and learning by watching this video by Davidsons Films, Inc. [3:56] below


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