Ethics and reflective practice : continuing the conversation

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Pollard, Vikki. (2008). Ethics and reflective practice : continuing the conversation. Reflective Practice. 9(4), pp. 399-407. https://doi.org/10.1080/14623940802431788
AuthorsPollard, Vikki
Abstract

This paper is a response to the question asked by Tony Ghaye in Reflective Practice Volume 8, Number 2, Citation2007, ‘Is reflective practice ethical?’. My response is to re‐consider the pervasive idea in reflective practice that experience is always private and personal. This common understanding of experience leads to a reluctance when writing for the purpose of assessment and to a type of writing that tends towards the confessional. Contrary to that notion of experience, I suggest that a return to Charles Sanders Peirce enables the acknowledgement that experience is not personally owned but rather a conversation between the self and that which is not‐yet known. This conversation is precipitated by the element of surprise, thus making the study of surprise a central feature of reflective practice. This argument is illustrated through examining a dramatic moment in Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical novel Thus spake Zarathustra (1887) in which Zarathustra’s teaching techniques are challenged and rendered different. Eschewing the belief that experience is ‘personal’ offers a version of reflective practice as the attempt to continually engage in conversations precipitated by the Other.

Keywordsethics; experience; literature; reflective practice
Year01 Jan 2008
JournalReflective Practice
Journal citation9 (4), pp. 399-407
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (UK)
ISSN1470-1103
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14623940802431788
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14623940802431788
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