Let's Not Get Too Personal: Critical reflection, reflexivity and the Confessional Turn

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Journal of European Industrial Training, 2008, 32 (5), pp. 385 - 399
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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to ask how we can think about critical reflection as a pedagogical practice given the confessional turn. By the confessional turn the author refers to the idea that subjective, autobiographical and confessional modes of expression have expanded exponentially across a wide range of social spheres, including education, the legal system, the media and the workplace. Examining these developments, this paper asks what these debates on critical reflection and confession mean for pedagogical practice. Design/methodology/approach The main approach is a review of key debates in the literature on critical reflection and also in the wider social sciences.
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