Reflection would seem to be a dynamic, non-linear mode of thought in which the mind assimilates random bits of material that have been gathered serendipitously, from readings, conversations, and experiences. The mind recombines these pieces and, in conditions of silence and withdrawal, spontaneously and unexpectedly produces a flash of insight, an entirely new idea or way of thinking about something. Reflection is therefore “deep” in the sense that it probes below the level of the known and the obvious to discover new, elusive ideas and perspectives. It is also, in that sense, fundamentally creative.
(Rose, 2013, p. 21)
The word “reflection” crops up regularly in the context of Early Childhood Education and Care, but its meaning can be somewhat vague and certainly open to individual interpretation. We have a professional obligation to engage in reflective practice as part of our commitment to ongoing learning and this compels us to consider why we reflect, how we do it, and what possibilities it invites?
In our first book club selection, On Reflection: An Essay on Technology, Education, and the Status of Thought in the Twenty-First Century, Ellen Rose seeks to initiate a much-needed discussion about what reflection is, should be, and can be.
Rose, a retired Professor of Education from the University of New Brunswick, argues that true reflection has been undermined by new technologies that speed up the flow of information and the pace of life, as well as by contemporary schooling practices preoccupied with outcomes, efficiencies, and the preparation of a global workforce.
Drawing on a wide range of thinkers, past and present, Rose outlines the important role reflective thought can play in the classroom and in society at large, and makes a powerful case for slowing down and returning to our thoughts. This book offers great questions for our practices with young children, our professional identities, and our ways of being in the world.
After reading the book independently, we will come together as a group on June 14 in Springbank Park to discuss and share what we heard, learned, felt, and have been reflecting on. Light refreshments will be provided.
A copy of the book, mailed directly to you, is included in your registration. These books are ON LOAN to you from Strive and will be collected at the conclusion of this opportunity.
Spaces are limited, so in registering, we kindly ask that you commit to attending the gathering on June 14.
Tuesday, June 14
6:00 – 7:30 PM
1085 Commissioners Rd W, London
** Ticket Types are based on the County you WORK in.