08 7 / 2014

"We believe that reflective thinking happens when students do one or more of these fourteen things:

  1. Check the assumptions that inform their actions and judgments
  2. Seek to open themselves to new and unfamiliar perspectives
  3. Attempt intersubjective understanding and perspective taking — trying to understand how another person reasons, understands content, or views knowledge
  4. Make their intuitions and “gut” feelings the focus of study
  5. Study the effects of their actions with a view to changing them
  6. Look for blind spots and omissions in their thinking
  7. Identify what is justified and well grounded in their thinking
  8. Accept and experiment with multiple learning modalities
  9. Value emotional dimensions of their learning as much the purely cognitive
  10. Try to upend their habitual ways of understanding something
  11. Connect their thinking conducted in one domain to thinking in another
  12. Become more aware of their habitual epistemic cognition — the typical ways they judge something to be true
  13. Apply reflective protocols in contextually appropriate ways
  14. Alternate cognitive analysis with an acceptance of an unregulated, unmediated flow of emotions, impulses, institutions and images”

— from Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers.  Stephen Brookfield & Alison James. 2014.


Most of these things aren’t about information literacy, per se, but they’re almost all necessary for information literacy skills and concepts to be meaningful.  You can be the greatest searcher in the world, but if you’re a closed-minded thinker incapable of seeing a world you haven’t experienced, what’s the point.

Actually, I don’t think you can be the world’s greatest searcher if you’re closed-minded thinker incapable of seeing a world you haven’t experienced.  So scratch that.

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