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Prompting reflection: the evolution and application of a respondent schema

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The paper describes and critically discusses an analytical tool called a 'schema' that was used by the respondents of a longitudinal study. Respondents used the schema prior to an interview in order to prompt reflection in the discussion. Facets of the process of analysis are illustrated through one respondent's schema in one fieldwork location. The paper concludes that the schema was a significant means in accessing and eliciting learners' implicit actions, but more importantly by exposing their actions to themselves the respon dents were able to develop new perspectives on their own practice and in so doing to develop it. The schema became a prompt for the empowerment of the people that it sought to examine.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Education, King Alfred's College of Higher Education, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR, UK;

Publication date: October 1, 2003

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