Reflective Thinking: Learning to Lead

By Kandy Dayaram and Theodora Issa.

Published by The Learner Collection

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There is a converging body of literature that supports the creation of knowledge through the transformation of experience, yet the processes from and through which learning emanates remain obscure. Despite such ambiguity, institutions of higher education have been urged to reinvigorate learning processes and practices in order to focus on empowering learners through enhancing their critical thinking abilities coupled with advanced practical skills. It is argued that while teaching methodologies such as reflective thinking enable the delivery of content, they also reinforce skills required to critique learners’ personal views of themselves and the societies they live in. In this way, reflective thinking as a teaching methodology has a potential to aid learners in terms of engaging in personal and contextual transformation. Using the reflective thinking methodology, this study employs qualitative data obtained from learners’ reflections on authentic leadership. It explores the way learners interpret and reflect on learning for their personal and contextual transformation.

Keywords: Reflective Thinking, Transformation, Learning, Higher Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 6, pp.83-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 835.905KB).

Prof. Kandy Dayaram

Senior Lecturer School of Management, School of Management, Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Kandy Dayaram is an Associate Professor. Her research interests include curriculum design and developing the skills of practical reflexivity and authentic leadership through curriculum structure. Kandy Dayaram is the corresponding author.

Dr. Theodora Issa

Unit Coordinator and Lecturer, Curtin Business School, Faculty Office, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Theodora Issa is a Lecturer at the Faculty Office, Curtin Business School, Curtin University. Her research interests include teaching, online teaching, and learning, ethical mindsets, spirituality, aesthetic judgment, cloud computing, sustainable development and business strategy.


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