Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Brookfield's Four Lenses and Technology, Part 1

Stephen Brookfield's "Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher" (1995) speaks of four lenses that "illuminates a different part of our teaching" (p. 28). Looking at each of these lenses in technological terms may shift the lens just a little.

The first lens is "our autobiographies as learners and teachers" (Brookfield, 1995, p. 29). Digitally, our autobiographies change. No longer are our reflections about teaching private. Where we used to talk with colleagues about our teaching in offices, we now send email messages. We have transcended the medium of personal, direct contact to a sender-receiver immediate contact.

Our autobiographies are now multimedia presentations, with hyperlinks and file downloads. Our story is multilayered.

Brookfield, S. (1995). Becoming a critically reflective teacher. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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