chapter  10
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Growing professional knowledge through reflection

Reflection defined John Dewey (1933) introduced the notion of reflection to education many decades ago. However, even then it was clear that the term needed to be carefully defined in order to carry appropriate meaning: ‘Reflective thinking, in distinction from other operations to which we apply the name of thought, involves (1) a state of doubt, hesitation, perplexity, mental difficulty, in which thinking originates, and (2) an active searching, hunting, inquiring, to find material that will resolve the doubt, settle and dispose of the perplexity’ (Dewey, 1933: 12).