Reflecting practice/curating practice

Trelfa, Jo (2017) Reflecting practice/curating practice. In: Empowering the Intangible: Art of Management & Organization Conference 2016 Conference Proceedings. University of York, pp. 128-139. ISBN 9780901931191

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One of the ways that practitioners are encouraged, indeed required, to ‘tell their practice’ is via reflective practice. Reflective practice is the process of articulating professional decision-making, of bringing to awareness the threads that shape interventions and judgments, and of becoming critically alert to the forces that influenced them. This is assumed as achieved through the provision of accounts of practice, stories, with a view that to do so will heighten understanding of and develop individual professional practice as well as the practice of organisations themselves. Mainstream approaches to reflective practice, then, consider accounts told in this way both as true and as a gateway to the development and improvement of practice. The predominant focus is on reflections on practice after the event generated via writing and dialogue. In the conference I offer that these notions are problematic and instead work with a conception of those engaging in reflective practice acting as curators of stories of their practice, with ‘curating’ being a decision-making process of selection of “what to keep and what to discard” (McCartney, 2015:137). Here the process before curation is an important focus of reflective practice. It then follows that the outcome of curation can be creative. To this conference I brought three pieces of interactive art created from my reflections regarding my practice as senior lecturer in higher education. I do not consider myself to be an artist; the point here is one of creative engagement that offers a radically different approach to reflective practice, with ‘radical’ meaning getting (back) to or expounding the roots of ‘the true principle’ of reflective practice (borrowing from Fromm, in Neill, 1960:xii).

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Additional Information: Empowering the Intangible: Exploring, Feeling and Expressing Through the Arts 8th Art of Management & Organization Conference IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia, 1-4 September 2016 Conference Proceedings edited by Dr Jenna Ward & Prof Stephen Linstead Freely available from the above URL
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