Reflective practice and motion sickness: thoughts on the first North American Action Research Study Day

Lonnie Rowell*, Noriyuki Inoue, Cheryl Getz

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This paper examines the experience of an action research 'Study Day' to investigate development of a culture of reflective practice among educators. Shared recognition of the importance of reflective practice in education is now a well-established part of both pre-service preparation and in-service work experience for educators. Osterman and Kottkamp defined reflective practice as a means by which practitioners can develop a greater level of self-awareness about the nature and impact of their performance, an awareness that creates opportunities for professional growth and development. Schon discussed the psychological and epistemological contours of the conscious awareness required for reflective practice. In his view, reflective practice is a dialog of thinking and doing through which one becomes more skillful. In Noffke's framework of action research, professional development represents a branch of the action research family tree that is intrinsically connected with reflective practice. Somekh asserted that, since the major aim of action research is to develop the practical wisdom or situational understanding of the practitioner, it constitutes a powerful means of professional development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-269
Number of pages19
JournalEducational Action Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Apr
Externally publishedYes


  • action research
  • professional development
  • reflective practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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