Developing Reflection in Post-Graduate Management Education

Gary Pheiffer  Ms M Green, Senior Lecturer, University of North London. UK.

Reflection is widely recognised as a key aspect of learning and in business as a cornerstone of concepts such as the Learning Organisation. In learning the experience, characteristics and aspirations of the learner are important. The study proposes to examine a number of individual, cultural and context factors in the use of reflection by post-graduate management students. The study examines the issue of students' use and experience of reflection in learning. The lack of reflection by many students in the learning process is the focus. The proposition is that students, who tend not to be reflective, as measured by the LSI and self-reports, would tend to have lower self-efficacy and an external locus of control. Cultural factors and related context issues will also be examined. The study has two phases. Firstly the quantitative measurement of the key variables, followed by interviews to explore the issues and develop in-depth reasons for the lack of reflection or resistance to !
reflection. As an outcome the study hopes to provide some guidelines for developing reflection in post-graduate management education, and specifically where there are cross-cultural factors

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