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Learning networks to enhance reflectivity: key elements for the design of a reflective network

Redes de aprendizaje para mejorar la reflexión: elementos clave para el diseño de una red reflexiva

Abstract

The benefits of reflective practice for professionals who deal with complex settings have been widely reported. Similarly, different types of learning networks (LNs) are emerging as a promising alternative to support lifelong learning. This article addresses the topic of how LNs can be used to support reflective professional practice and, furthermore, contribute to the development of reflectivity in individuals and groups of learners. As the starting point of an ongoing research study, a provisional model for the design of a reflective network (RN) is presented here. An RN is a type of LN that includes additional features to foster the development of reflective capabilities. This article includes a description of a reflective process model, a list of reflective capabilities, a group of key elements for the pedagogical support system for an RN, and some reflections on the challenges of implementing this model and investigating its effectiveness.

Resumen

Los beneficios de la práctica reflexiva para profesionales que tratan con entornos complejos han sido ampliamente documentados. Al mismo tiempo, están surgiendo diferentes tipos de redes de aprendizaje (RA) como una prometedora alternativa para apoyar el aprendizaje a lo largo de la vida. Este artículo analiza cómo pueden utilizarse las RA para apoyar la práctica profesional reflexiva y al mismo tiempo contribuir al desarrollo de la reflexión en individuos y grupos de alumnos. Como punto de partida para un estudio de investigación en curso, se presenta aquí un modelo provisional para el diseáo de una red reflexiva (RR). Una red reflexiva es un tipo de red de aprendizaje que incluye características adicionales a fin de promover el desarrollo de aptitudes de reflexión. Este artículo incluye la descripción de un modelo de proceso reflexivo, una lista de aptitudes reflexivas, un grupo de elementos clave para el sistema de apoyo pedagógico de una red reflexiva y algunas consideraciones sobre los retos que hay que afrontar para aplicar este modelo e investigar su eficacia.

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Garcia Cardenas, D. Learning networks to enhance reflectivity: key elements for the design of a reflective network. Int J Educ Technol High Educ 11, 32–48 (2014). https://doi.org/10.7238/rusc.v11i1.1736

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Keywords

  • reflective practice
  • reflectivity
  • learning networks
  • lifelong learning

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  • práctica reflexiva
  • reflexión
  • redes de aprendizaje
  • aprendizaje a lo largo de la vida