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Cwtch up and THINK! Fostering a reflective community of practice - Erica Swain & Nigel Morgan

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Cwtch up and THINK! Fostering a reflective community of practice - Erica Swain & Nigel Morgan

  1. 1. Cwtch up and THINK! Fostering a reflective community of practice Erica Swain & Nigel Morgan
  2. 2. Workshop outline • introduction to collective reflection • activity: images & quotes • case study: collective reflection at Cardiff University Library Service • feedback from YOU • reflective video interlude • activity: planning the collective reflection experience • round-up and close
  3. 3. Cwtch, n. Origin: Apparently originally < Welsh cwts, cwtsh couch, resting place, recess (15th cent.). 1. A cupboard or cubby-hole, esp. used as a hiding place. 2. A cuddle; a hug. OED Online Snuggling and cuddling and loving and protecting and safeguarding and calming, all rolled into one. Urban Dictionary
  4. 4. Reflective practice ...an activity undertaken by professionals to enable them to deal with complex situations by evaluating actual or possible events or scenarios to gain insight and learn from experience. This could involve the individual thinking alone about some aspect of their practice, or it may take place within a group discussion, with colleagues or be part of a dialogue with another person. (Greenall and Sen, 2016)
  5. 5. Why collective reflection? Getting others to hold the mirror can: • reinforce, challenge, and develop individual thinking • help to make connections and formulate critical questions • foster a community of practice Collective reflection and regarding other people as esteemed colleagues fosters a good atmosphere, gives time and space to other people and will lead to a deeper understanding than one person alone can attain. (Nissila, 2005)
  6. 6. Benefits can include: • mutual support – supporting, nurturing, liberating • confidence building / motivating • overcoming barriers by exploring potential solutions • restoring balance and objectivity • improved performance in the classroom (Tigelaar et al. 2006; Walsh 2009) Why collective reflection?
  7. 7. Activity 1: Pictures & quotes
  8. 8. Quotes for reflection 1. Coriolanus (William Shakespeare) 2. Candide (Voltaire) 3. The Prelude (William Wordsworth) 4. Titanic (alternative ending) (James Cameron) 5. The Hours (Michael Cunningham) 6. Speech [March 15, 1936] (Adolf Hitler) 7. Self-service kiosks (Tesco) 8. Welsh proverb (steady tapping breaks the stone) 9. Dreaming of Fresh Fields (Pam Ayres) 10. Expect Nothing (Alice Walker) 11. Tristan und Isolde (Act I) (Richard Wagner) 12. Iris Murdoch
  9. 9. Case study: Cardiff University Library Service Our collective reflection portfolio: Handbook for IL Teaching D & IL Fora Peer Review Triads Journal clubs Blogs & Boards Team teaching
  10. 10. Case study: Cardiff University Library Service Our collective reflection portfolio: Handbook for IL Teaching D & IL Fora Peer Review Triads Journal clubs Blogs & Boards Team teaching
  11. 11. Courtesy of Cathy Parker (Physical Sciences & Engineering Team)
  12. 12. Reflecting at journal club
  13. 13. Peer Reflection Peer Review of Learning & Teaching (PRLT) … Peer-assisted Reflection on Learning & Teaching
  14. 14. Case study: Cardiff University Library Service Our collective reflection portfolio: Handbook for IL Teaching (HILT) D & IL Fora Peer Review Triads Journal clubs Blogs & Boards Team teaching
  15. 15. Activity 2: Time for ewe to reflect 1. Are there any collective reflection initiatives in place in your organisation? [Open question] 2. What do you feel are the main baa-rriers to collective reflection? [Discuss in pairs]
  16. 16. Collective reflection: barriers? • lack of time • indulgent? • personality issues • being open and honest • workplace cultures • lack of confidence • confidentiality Any others?
  17. 17. Cardiff University reflections
  18. 18. A reflective video interlude …
  19. 19. Activity 3: planning a reflective experience Examples might include: • online communities • journal or book clubs • forum-style discussion events • reflective writing groups / diaries • alternative option
  20. 20. Time for a quickie piccy switch? Sorry the pics aren’t lamb-inated today!
  21. 21. References Booth, C. 2011. Reflective teaching, effective learning: instructional literacy for library educators. Chicago: American Library Association. Boud, D. et al. 2006. Productive reflection at work: learning for changing organizations. Abingdon: Routledge. Greenall, J. and Sen, B. A. 2016. Reflective practice in the library and information sector. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science 48(2), pp. 137-150. Nissila, S. P. 2005. Individual and collective reflection: how to meet the needs of development in teaching. European Journal of Teacher Education 28(2), pp. 209-219. Simpson, C. and Trezise, E. 2011. Learning conversations as reflective practice. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives 12(4), pp. 469-480. Tigelaar, D. E. H. et al. 2006. Portfolio as a tool to stimulate teachers' reflections. Medical Teacher 28(3), pp. 277-282. Walsh, A. 2009. Modes of reflection: is it possible to use both individual and collective reflection to reconcile the ‘three‐party knowledge interests’ in workplace learning? European Journal of Education 44(3), pp. 385-398.
  22. 22. SwainE@Cardiff.ac.uk MorganNJ@Cardiff.ac.uk Enjoy your cwtching! Diolch yn fawr!

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