Researching and developing practice traditions using reflective practice experiments

Greg Walkerden*

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Building a science on the foundations of practitioners' experimentation was one of Donald Schön's abiding interests. This paper outlines a method of reflective practice research on which this kind of science can be built. Its basic elements are: (1) A focus on the "sense" practitioners make of their situations. This allows for a much richer explication of practitioners' understanding. (2) Formally differentiating between kinds of reflective thinking to demonstrate rigorous reliance on our practice, as experienced, as we reflect. (3) Use of a non-standard logic and a distinctive grammar in describing the "sense" we make of our practice situations, as this enables a much more faithful rendering in models and theories of our sense of orientation. (4) A method of combining these in an experimental practice that enables models of practice traditions to evolve, taking in insights from innovative practice, and experiences from diverse cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-263
Number of pages15
JournalQuality and Quantity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


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