Title

Becoming a reflective environmental educator: students’ insights on the benefits of reflective practice

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Ferreira, J, Keliher, V & Bloomfield, J 2013, 'Becoming a reflective environmental educator: students’ insights on the benefits of reflective practice', Reflective Practice, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 368-380.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14623943.2013.767233

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

The capacity for reflective practice is considered a key attribute of a successful environmental educator. In this paper we discuss how we used a range of exercises with environmental education students within the Master of Environmental Education for Sustaibility program at Griffith University to develop their capacity for reflective practice. Evidence of impact and long-term effects of the experience were obtained using data from samples of student coursework exercises and assessment, along with the results of a post-program survey, Results indicate that the exercises did indeed succeed in empowering students to (a) clearly reflect on their persol and professiol intentions, (b) better understand the effect of these on their practice in the field, and (c) continue to reflect on their practice post-Masters program.