Critical Reflection and Student Learning: Do we measure up?

Recently, a guest speaker challenged the managers of the Division of Student Affairs at Boston College to direct our programs in an intentional, educational fashion.   As a community of educators, there is a shared principle regarding learning within and beyond the classroom.   Critical reflection, a key facet of Ignatian spirituality, is a common theme across disciplines and throughout our division.

Theresa Harrigan, Director of the Boston College Career Center, recently found an article by Mary Bart, available online, which describes the importance of critical reflection to enhance learning.  It also provides a concrete way to integrate critical reflection into coursework.  Student affairs professionals guide students through reflection of an experience or experiences in various ways.

As educators, are we meeting the high standards of BC and Jesuit education and adequately applying critical reflection to departmental practices?   As educators at a Catholic, Jesuit university, does/ought our use of critical reflection manifest in particular ways?  How are you doing this in your own department?
What do you think?


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