The InQuRRI: Introducing Quick Reference for Reflective Inventory

By Wan Nurul Elia Haslee Sharil, Faizah Abd. Majid and Nor Hashima Mohd Sukor.

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The paper attempts to present a preliminary instrument that can be used to measure reflective practice among pre-service teachers. Under the 10th Malaysian Plan, five strategic goals were identified to ensure the success of the plan. The second aim is to improve knowledge ability and national innovation as well as to nurture the first-class mind set. To pursue this goal, the government has outlined specific strategies in the field of education to ensure that the nation will be able prepare world class human capital. Teachers are expected to transform the effectiveness of their teaching delivery to the students to ensure that the students can perform well in their studies (RMK10, 2010). One way to ensure that teachers become more effective in their practices is through reflective practice (Loughran, 2002). Reflection on practices is very qualitative in nature, which makes assessment on these reflections difficult to master (Bums & Bulman, 2000). The InQuRRI: Introducing Quick Reference for Reflective Inventory proposes a solution to this situation. The inventory consists of Quick Reference, Formula, The Rubric, and the Rubric Descriptor. The rubric can be used to transform an item that is qualitative in nature into a measurable one. This rubric was based on the findings of a research entitled ‘Reflecting to Benefit: A Study on Trainee Teachers’ Self-Reflection’ (Elia and Faizah, 2010). The rubric has been developed to quantify qualitative descriptors of reflective practice, which enables the users to measure their performance in reflective practice. It is hoped that through the use of this inventory, pre-service teachers will be more aware of their critical thoughts, hence encouraging them to be more effective practitioners.

Keywords: The InQuRRI, Reflective Inventory, Educators, Reflection, Reflective Practice, Measuring Reflection, Teachers’ Professional Development

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 11, pp.221-228. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 812.040KB).

Wan Nurul Elia Haslee Sharil

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Wan Nurul Elia is currently teaching in the Faculty of Education at Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia. Her areas of interest include TESL Methodology and Teacher Education. She has also conducted, presented and published papers on the areas mentioned above.

Assoc. Prof. Faizah Abd. Majid

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Faizah Abd. Majid is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Universiti Teknologi MARA. She is also the Deputy Dean (Research and Industrial Linkages) of the faculty. Her area of interests include adult learners and professional development in TESL. She has conducted a substantial amount of research work in the mentioned areas and has presented as well as published her work in a variety of places.

Nor Hashima Mohd Sukor

Lecturer, TESL Department, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Nor Hashima Mohd Sukor is a lecturer in Faculty of Education at Universiti Teknologi MARA. She possesses a Masters Degree in English as a Second Language as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. Her research interests varies from English Language, English for Specific Purpose, Linguistics and Teaching Methods. She has more than 7 years of teaching experience.

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