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Drivers for Change – Engage in Reflective Practice

Equity Framework > Drivers for Change > Reflective Practice

Reflective practice is about purposeful self-reflection and critical analysis of your knowledge, experiences, and actions. Making time for reflective practice helps to support a deeper understanding of our actions and the impact of those actions on ourselves and others. Integrating regular reflective practice into daily work can enhance learning and potentially transform the framing of complex problems.

Adapted from:

  1. Racial Equity Resource Guide – Transformative Learning in Social Justice Organizations through Reflective Practice. Retrieved from
    https://www.canr.msu.edu/od/uploads/files/Multiculturalism_Diversity/Racial_Equity_Resource_Guide1.pdf
  2. Coburn, A., & Gormally, S. (2017). Communities for Social Change Practicing Equality and Social Justice in Youth and Community Work. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang US. Retrieved from
    https://www.peterlang.com/view/9781433144417/xhtml/fm_hints.xhtml
  3. Algonquin College of Applied Arts. (n.d.). MODULE FOUR: Reflective Practice. Retrieved from
    https://www.algonquincollege.com/healthandcommunity/preceptorship/module-four/module-four-reflective-practice-2/

Further Reading / Additional resources

Racial Equity Resource Guide – Transformative Learning in Social Justice Organizations through Reflective Practice.

This paper describes a collective reflective learning process conducted with members of five community-based organizations for the purpose of generating and documenting their learning from their work.
https://www.canr.msu.edu/od/uploads/files/Multiculturalism_Diversity/Racial_Equity_Resource_Guide1.pdf

Sample Tools

The Road Map Project is a collective impact initiative to increase equitable policies and practices. The list of ‘essentials’ are foundational and if strengthened will help advance racial equity and support student success.
https://roadmapproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/System-Wide-Racial-Equity-Essentials.pdf

How do we know we are making a difference? A Reflective Tool for School and System Leaders on the Implementation of Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/equityPlacemat.pdf

Arts Equity Video Series: Principle #2, Reflexivity & Relationships. This is the second video in a series of five that speaks to how reflexivity and relationships starts with critical self-reflection; reflecting on how our own position fits with those we aim to work with. This sort of reflection helps when working to build and maintain relationships.
https://neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/learning-room/learning/arts-equity-video-series-principle-2,-reflexivity