AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractThis chapter aims to explain what critical reflection is and how it can be applied to empower students and enable them to question habitual practice and contest some of the dominant discourses within early childhood. The professions that utilise critical reflection are ones that deal with people, where relationships and ethical judgements are required but may not always be simple. In order to practise critical reflection as a professional, it may be necessary to reflect personally and individually, but is usually more useful and effective if this is practised with others. The chapter explains what critical reflection is, outlined some models and critical theory and explained how these can be applied to our professional lives and supports us in scrutinising our professional practice. It explores what critical reflection is and what it might mean for early childhood students. The author explores some critical theories and concepts that assist with critical reflection and help us deconstruct our experiences.
CitationYates, E. (2020). ‘The critically reflective and creative practitioner’. 2nd Edn. In Oates, R. (Ed.). ‘The student practitioner in Early Childhood Studies: An essential guide to working with children’. New York: Routledge, pp. 108-122.
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