Online from: 1959
Subject Area: Education
|Title:||A reflective essaying model for higher education|
|Author(s):||Graham Badley, (Research, Development and Commercial Services, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK)|
|Citation:||Graham Badley, (2009) "A reflective essaying model for higher education", Education + Training, Vol. 51 Iss: 4, pp.248 - 258|
|Keywords:||Higher education, Mentoring, Teaching|
|DOI:||10.1108/00400910910964548 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to outline a reflective essaying model as a useful way of encouraging learning in higher education. It aims to define reflective essaying as the free and serious play of mind on an interesting topic in an attempt to learn.
Design/methodology/approach – Reflective essaying is first introduced as a unifying concept in the model. Second, the model is introduced and justified especially in connection with De Montaigne's invention of the
Findings – Reflective essaying is promoted as an important way of letting students try to learn. Reflective mentors should promote student learning through reflective essaying which would encourage students to develop their own criticality.
Practical implications – The paper has implications for both teachers and students. Teachers are urged to become more like mentors and less like didactic instructors. As mentors they should be encouraging students to see academic writing as trying out, as essaying, as experimenting with, and as learning through the ideas and materials they reflect upon.
Originality/value – The paper is original in its approach in that it draws on a wide range of historical and contemporary sources on essaying in order to re-evaluate and resurrect essaying as an experimental process of learning.
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