The concept of the ‘reflective practitioner’ is strongly promoted in teacher education. Beginning teachers, however, are rarely supported in developing towards this ideal in any systematic way. In this chapter, Hannah Arendt’s work on ‘enlarged thought’, drawn from her reading of Kant on judgement, is deployed as a means of exploring how beginning teachers can develop the resources to enable reflection to be conducted on the basis of a much more robust theoretical underpinning. The chapter concludes with some practical suggestions about the range of sources to which beginning teachers could be encouraged to refer when engaging in reflection on their own practice and when making professional decisions.
|Title of host publication||A Companion to Research in Teacher Education|
|Editors||Michael Peters, Bronwen Cowie, Ian Menter|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Publisher||Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd|
|Publication status||Published - May 2017|