The quality of reflection in professional thinking of pre-school teachers
The given study brings the view of professional thinking of pre-school teachers into the professional discourse about professionalization of teaching with the aim to find out about the quality of reflection of pre-school teachers with different levels of qualification. In the foreword chapters, the authors consider the relationship between professionalism and qualification and summarize with introducing three dimensions of professional thinking – cognitive, reflective and subjective dimension. In the paper, the authors concentrate only on the reflective dimension which represents the central point of investigation of the nature of thinking of (female) preschool teachers with different levels of qualification (ISCED 3A and ISCED 5B). They present the models of reflection (Eby, 2000; Korthagen, 2011; Píšová, 2005) that were used in the research. The following part of the paper focuses on the research methodology and findings. The results show that some positive evaluation statements of the respondents about their work are in the contrast to the results of the video analysis. The results of the research investigation have shown that the teachers who had been involved in focused reflection and realization of self-reflection techniques use a higher level of cognitive thinking. Therefore the authors’ view on professional thinking and its development through systematic implementation of reflection already during preservice pre-school teacher education at Faculties of Education has been supported.
Redakce časopisu Pedagogická orientace, Doc. PhDr. Tomáš Janík, Ph.D., M.Ed., Institut výzkumu školního vzdělávání PdF MU, Poříčí 31, 603 00 Brno, Czech Republic
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