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New Book: Reflection methods. Tools to make learning more meaningful

Published on
January 26, 2018

This Guide summarises methods that can be used to facilitate the process of reflection on the knowledge and experiences people acquire during a capacity development trajectory or training event. Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation believe that by explicitly integrating reflection in the learning process the learning will become clearer and better articulated and will contribute more strongly to meaningful change. Therefore we advise facilitators to deliberately include reflective learning sessions in their process design and implementation. This guide can inspire you to do so and provides many methods which help to facilitate this.

Quotes from reviewers

“I was asked to write a Preface in which where I suggest that dealing with complex and even ’wicked’ sustainability challenges, above all, calls for learning individuals, learning organisations, learning networks and even a learning society. But not just any kind of learning, the kind of learning that is able to make explicit and question our assumptions, values and ways of seeing the world, learning that invites us to continuously reflect on the tensions and contradictions between them, learning that reveals the powers and inequities that tend to keep things the way they are or force us in directions we may not want to go. In other words, learning that questions the taken for granted, the normalised, the hegemonic and the routine. But also learning that enables us to make change and to transform others, and ourselves while learning from trying to do so.”

prof.dr.ir. AEJ Wals is a Professor of Transformative Learning for Socio-Ecological Sustainability at Wageningen University, The Netherlands and a Professor of Education for Sustainability at Gothenburg University, Sweden

“I was delighted to read this book – it was a timely reminder of critical practice that often gets forgotten in the rush of every day! Reflection is sometimes not prioritised. But when we do it well, the insights are powerful. And this book helps do it well. It offers tried and tested techniques and exciting novelties to get the most out of our experiences. Clear examples and graphics make concepts accessible and relevant to even the most pragmatic of us.”

Dr. Irene Guijt, Head of Research and Publishing, Oxfam Great Britain