The article that our blog group read for this week is “Defining Reflection: Another Look at John Dewey and Reflective Thinking”. This article certainly had it’s merits, but being a person who needs grounded thinking, I found myself lost in the ambiguity of the definition of reflection.
The author, Rodgers, mentioned that “”reflection has suffered from a loss of mesaning. In becoming everything to everybody, it has lost it’s ability to be seen.” I had the impression that the article was based heavily upon personal experience/reflection and psychology as opposed to concrete evidence.
Can you tell that I’m a very grounded writer yet? However, that does not mean I disliked the style of writing. It was more that I found it difficult not to criticize some of the more reflective elements that the author use in her own writing in what seemed to be an analytical essay.
When Rodgers’ mentioned reflection as a tool of learning, I though that it was a keen point she made about experiences and mis-educative experiences. One other point she made while addressing the scientific method of writing has also made an impression on my way of thinking about reflective writing. “Experimentation” was the word she used. That is something I would’ve never though about reflective writing. I liked how she creatively placed reflective writing in context with the scientific method.
Overall, I found the article to be enlightening on Rodgers’ POV of reflection, but only a couple things really stuck with me at the end of the essay.