How to Be a Reflective Teacher?


Reflective teacher




Since the 1980s, educational experts and scholars from western countries have carried out multi-level and multi-angle research on “reflection,” “reflective teaching,” “reflective teacher,” and other subject matters, and fruitful results have been achieved [1]. Since the late 1990s, the research on reflective teachers in China has gradually deepened. Not only a considerable number of papers have been published, but also numerous monographs. This paper defines the term “reflective teacher,” explores and studies the nurturing of reflective teachers, clarifies the relationship between reflection and classroom, and highlights the characteristics that reflective teachers should have.


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