Practicing Core Reflection
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Practicing Core Reflection : Activities and Lessons for Teaching and Learning from Within

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Practicing Core Reflection features 78 concrete educational activities and exercises based on research. These can be used individually and in groups to support 'teaching and learning from within.' Core Reflection is an approach focused on people's personal strengths and on using practical strategies to overcome obstacles to the enactment of these strengths. This approach has been used in many contexts all over the world and has shown great promise in helping to re-chart the course for education and to re-think its purpose in global and democratic societies. Additional tools (Cards, Figures, Tables, Forms in a printable PDF format) are provided on this website (under the eResources tab). Building on the theoretical foundations established in Korthagen, Kim, and Green's Teaching and Learning from Within: A Core Reflection Approach to Quality and Inspiration in Education, this companion volume can be used together with it or on its own to engage educators in exploring what it means to bring out the best in oneself, in students, in colleagues, and others-a critically significant project if education is to realize new levels of possibility and potential.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15.24mm | 295g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Follows Dutch edn but b 7 Tables, black and white
  • 0415819962
  • 9780415819961
  • 621,890

Table of contents

Preface





1. Working from your inner core: An outline


1. Introductory activity: Reflection on inspiration and stagnation





2. Tapping into the power of your core qualities


2. Introductory activity: Looking at what makes people special


3. Introductory activity: Recognizing your own core qualities


4. Recognizing core qualities in situations


5. Recognizing different types of core qualities


6. Increasing your skills by applying core qualities


7. Expanding your core qualities


8. Applying new core qualities


9. Increasing your energy by applying your core qualities in the here and now


10. Working with the core qualities that give meaning to your life


11. Applying your core qualities specifically


12. Applying core qualities in difficult situations


13. Balancing core qualities


14. Recognizing and naming core qualities in a conversation


15. Recognizing core qualities of a group





3. Using three information channels: Thinking, feeling and wanting


16. Orientation activity: Experiencing the difference between thinking and feeling


17. Orientation activity: Using the information of thinking, feeling and wanting


18. Becoming aware of your thoughts in a difficult situation


19. Observing your thinking


20. Developing more focused thinking


21. Looking at a problem through different `glasses'


22. Discerning differences among feelings


23. Becoming aware of the effects of your feelings


24. Deepening contact by using the elevator between thinking, feeling, and wanting


25. Managing the difference between `wanting' and `having to'


26. Using your willpower


27. Working and living from your passion





4. Using the power of your desires and ideals


28. Introductory activity: Knowing your needs


29. Introductory activity: Recognizing your basic psychological needs


30. Discovering the connection between fulfillment of the need for competence and success in your work


31. Discovering the connection between fulfillment of the need for autonomy and motivation for your work


32. Discovering the relationship between fulfillment of the need for relatedness and having contact


33. Being more successful at work by feeling more competent


34. Becoming more motivated by increasing your sense of autonomy


35. Improved contact with your students or colleagues through increased relatedness


36. Exploring different types of ideals


37. Exploring your own ideals


38. Using the power of an ideal to complete a task


39. Focusing your ideals


40. Addressing your doubts about ideals


41. Using your inner resources


42. Using a role model as a source of inspiration and strength





5. Going with the flow


43. Introductory activity: Recognizing flow


44. Introductory activity: Increasing flow; work as play


45. Exploring flow and non-flow


46. Using core qualities to increase flow


47. Increasing the flow of a group: Flow is contagious





6. Letting go of limitations


48. Introductory activity: Becoming aware of your limiting thoughts


49. Introductory activity: Recognizing the self-fulfilling prophesy


50. Becoming aware of the fight response


51. Becoming aware of the flight response


52. Becoming aware of freezing





7. Connecting the aspects of your personality


53. Introductory activity: Recognizing different aspects of your personality


54. Introductory activity: Recognizing a friction between layers


55. Becoming aware of influences from your environment


56. Changing your perception of your environment


57. Reflecting on your behavior in a certain situation


58. Reflecting on your competencies


59. Reflecting on less developed competencies


60. Recognizing destructive beliefs


61. Recognizing constructive beliefs


62. Changing destructive beliefs


63. Reflecting on roles


64. Reflecting on identity


65. Staying true to yourself


66. Directing your work





8. Working with presence and mindfulness


67. Introductory activity: Experiencing presence


68. Working with attention


69. Recognizing and preventing drifting


70. Recognizing automatisms


71. Becoming aware of the pros and cons of downloading


72. Developing more presence and mindfulness


73. Deepening the connection


74. Becoming aware of the timeless observer





9. Turning problems into opportunities for growth


75. Introductory activity: Learning to use a problem as a route to an ideal


76. Introductory activity: Learning to handle obstacles


77. Leading a session on core reflection


78. Applying core reflection to yourself





10. Working with this book: Some practical tips


About the authors


Appendix


References


Index
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Review quote

"The vast majority of teachers are passionate about their work; Evelein and Korthagen describe how to tap this passion in order to sustain them in their important work. This project is exciting and full of potential for me as a teacher mentor."


Paul McCormick, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, USA





"This book is at the forefront of the field. As a `workbook' it takes theory and practice, moulds them together in useable ways, and makes it possible for a teacher to not only make sense of the ideas but be capable of leading their development in classroom practice."


John Loughran, Monash University, Australia





"This is a unique collection that will enhance the work of all who aspire to become reflective practitioners."


Tom Russell, Queen's University, Canada
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About Frits G. Evelein

Frits G. Evelein is an expert in education and art. He held various positions as a professor in teacher education at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and in music and arts education at Codarts University of Performing Arts in Rotterdam. Currently he is involved in developing innovations in education and art.


Fred A.J. Korthagen is emeritus professor of Education at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. In 2000 and in 2006, he received the Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award from the Teaching and Teacher Education division of AERA. In 2009, he received the Distinguished Research Award from the Association of Teacher Educators.
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