Four professors in the College of Education at Austin Peay State University – Ann Harris, Benita Bruster, Barbara Peterson and Tammy Shutt – recently published a textbook by Roman and Littlefield titled “Examining and Facilitating Reflection to Improve Professional Practice.”
This book is specifically designed and organized to be used throughout a teacher-education program, from an introductory foundations course, continuing through content –specific methods classes to graduate-level theory seminars and ultimately onto professional development workshops.
The four co-authors provide a method for directly instructing students on the practice of reflection and the understanding and identification of the developmental phases of reflection, supported by theory drawn from research. By moving students beyond their commonly held belief that reflection is simply keeping a journal or summarizing the day’s activities, “Examining and Facilitating Reflection to Improve Professional Practice” enables them to use increasingly sophisticated reflection practices, ultimately improving their instructional decisions.
Closely aligned with the national teaching standards set by the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), this book is essential as universities and colleges seek to have reflection as an expected skill set for classroom teachers and educational administrators.