Poetry in action [research]. An innovative means to a reflective learner in higher education (HE)

Threlfall, S.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-6770-1168 (2013) Poetry in action [research]. An innovative means to a reflective learner in higher education (HE). Reflective Practice : International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 14 (3). pp. 360-367. ISSN 1462-3943

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This research investigated the use of poems for reflection. Participants (n = 16) were enrolled upon a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching. Part modular assessment saw the students create an action plan that provided key indicators as to their ability within a range of study skills. The entire cohort failed to implement the plan. Whilst there exists a prevailing wind of poetic embrace within the social sciences, limitations are evident within the domain of sport and physical activity. The research questions whether poems may be implemented as a means to initial reflection and reorientation and as a consolidation of prior learning. Findings suggest poetry may aid initial reflection and reorientation and a consolidation of prior learning, that the writings were enjoyable, at times frustrating, developmental and that such creativity might be advocated elsewhere across the HE curriculum. Implications for the learner are discussed and I suggest a framework for practitioners (‘Reflective Facilitation’), which considers how we may assist our learners in a process of guided discovery in which their reflections may become critical and self-governed. The paper then considers the limitations of the research process and offers considerations for future practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: reflection, personal development, sport, coaching, poetry
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Education
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2019 10:58
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 10:58
Identification Number: 10.1080/14623943.2013.767232
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2574

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