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December 12, 2017
Reflective Practices As Embedded Instructional, Cultural Design

by Michael Niehoff
National Faculty

Reflection is one the Gold Standard Project Design Elements. Educational pioneer John Dewey, whose ideas continue to inform our thinking about PBL, wrote, “We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.”

Reflective thinking is a part of the critical thinking process, specifically the processes of analyzing and making judgments about what has happened. Dewey (1933) suggested that “reflective thinking is an active, persistent, and careful consideration of a belief or supposed form of knowledge, of the grounds that support that knowledge, and the further conclusions to which that knowledge leads.”

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