Proceedings of The 5th International Conference on New Approaches in Education
Reflexive Tools and Realising a Responsible and Ethical Educational Practice
Prof. Dr. Edita Slunjski
Critical reflection is an essential factor in the realisation of an emancipatory reflective practice. It can increase the learning capacity of the individual and of the entire collective and develop their ability to provide contextually grounded answers to issues they face in practice. These are highly personalised processes, i.e. they have to be harmonised with the collective’s capacity in a given moment, that is, with the developmental levels of each individual in an institution. For the employees, critical reflection can serve as a test of their own limits, a tool for understanding various ethical dilemmas and a path for constructing new practices and ways of thinking. It helps them question the common and usual patterns of expectations and meanings they had assigned to their own experiences, relationships with others, themselves and practice as a whole. The transformational potential of critical reflection is also present in the sense of questioning the power dynamics within the institution, as a prerequisite for achieving social change.
keywords: Critical reflection, emancipatory practice, professional integrity, autonomy