Reflective Practice in Legal Education: The Stages of Reflection
20 Clin. L. Rev. 317 (2014)
38 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2014
Date Written: March 15, 2014
Experiential legal education programs include reflection as an explicit learning outcome. Although many teachers and students have seen the value of reflection, few have studied the process of reflection. Drawing from research in the fields of cognitive development, reflective judgment, and moral reasoning, this article presents an organizational model for teaching reflection in six stages. The Stages of Reflection model provides teachers and students with a deeper understanding of the process of reflection, and creates a pathway for the development of reflective practice.
Keywords: experiential legal education, clinical education, experiential education, reflection, reflective practice, mindfulness, externship, internship, clinic, law clinic, Schon, Kohlberg, reflective judgment, reflective practitioner, cognitive development, learning outcomes, STEPPS Program
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