M level Inquiry Across Disciplinary Boundaries: Using Reflective Sketchbooks

Clive Holtham, Allan Owens, Mariana Bogdanova

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Debates unfolding around the recent development of M Level programmes for teacher education are not unfamiliar to those being addressed in other professional disciplines such as business. A strong theme in our analysis is that reflective practitioners could be provided with a wider range of tools and methods to support them in their reflection. Considerable energies have been expended on e portfolios, but our experience of use of paper based reflective
sketchbooks suggests that they may have some distinct advantages over text-dominated electronic media. In fact such sketchbooks challenge typed text as the dominant route to learning and communication (Gilbert 1998), (New, 2005), (Hickman, 2007). Professionals in teacher education are currently exploring ways in which M level can be conceived in terms of professional learning. This is also important terrain in other professions. For example, best practice in business management involves constant innovation so that students do not experience a split between the research context of the business faculty and the experience of operating in the business situation. This is paralleled in education by the concern that trainees do not experience a split between the research or scholarly informed approach of university tutors, and the experience of practical teaching in school. Our research question is concerned with how a consciously developed reflective sketchbook method can generate levels of critical thought that are both postgraduate and professionally valued in the workplace. We are also interested in the contribution this form of enquiry at M Level can make in terms of life long learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation-Line, British Education Index
Place of PublicationLeeds
PublisherBritish Education Index
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventBritish Educational Research Association Annual Conference - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 03 Sep 200806 Sep 2008

Publication series

PublisherEBSCO Information Srvice


ConferenceBritish Educational Research Association Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Higher Education
  • reflective practice
  • creativity
  • sketchbook


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