I am in a teaching mode at the moment, so I made a small group resource revolving around critical reflection, this would make a good leadership training resource and also something to help you think when people who aren’t Christians ask you hard questions. There is one with answers on and one blank that you can download and just discuss and write down your thoughts.
This graphic is designed to make you think about your faith and the world around you. What happens and what is the impact on people when we mix certain things in society. It is designed to make you critically reflect upon yourself, the world around you and your faith and faith practices.
P.S. This is best for adults not young children!!!
HERE’S THE THEORY BEHIND CRITICAL REFLECTION, THIS IS IN THE RESOURCE BUT I’M PUTTING IT HERE FOR YOU TO EASILY ACCESS.
What is critical reflection?
Critical Reflection has been given many different definitions throughout the years. Some of these definitions include one from John Dewey (1933) which says that critical reflection is an:
“…active, persistent, and careful consideration of any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the grounds that support it and the further conclusions to which it includes a conscious and voluntary effort to establish belief upon a firm basis of evidence and rationality”.
Another definition has been given by Jack Mezirow (1990) in which he says that critical reflection is:
“…a process of testing the justification or validity of taken-for-granted premises”.
Although there are many definitions they seem to have some things in common. They seem to all say something about a process of questioning our beliefs, values, and behaviours in order to justify why we do these things the way we do, and what other views or behaviours contrary to our own might be (Colorado Mountain College 2019).
Critical reflection on our Christian practice is more than just ‘thinking about’ or ‘thoughtful’ practice. It is a way of ‘critiquing’ our Christian practice in a systematic and rigorous way – helping us to carefully consider what is good and what could be improved.
Why is critical reflection important?
If we are to create cultures that are more caring, this might require changes in individuals and teams.
A number of models and frameworks are available that can help you to reflect on your experiences. This can be things that have gone well, helping you to understand how you can make this happen more often; or things that haven’t gone so well, helping you to think about how things could be different in the future.
Critical reflection on our Christian practice is a key activity in creating caring cultures because it can enable individuals to develop greater self-awareness by helping them to:
- Evaluate their current practice
- Think about what is desirable
- Consider what is possible
- Develop new understanding that informs actions (Adapted from Fons 2015).
There is also:
- The Need to be a Lifelong Learner – Individuals need to develop their theological/general knowledge and competency to manage new and expanding roles and advances.
- The Information Explosion – Become comfortable with the widening evidence base and range of sources that inform Christian practice.
- The Issue Of Globalisation – Rapidly changing practice shaped by local and world events.
- Increasingly Networked Society – Modern Christian practice requires cooperation and communication with colleagues within and beyond your own profession/faith.
- Risk and Audit Society – For Christians, critical reflection contributes to the ability of a Christian to account for their practice within current benchmarks and standards (Adapted from Nottingham University 2019)
There are 12 pages.
Page 2 –
* The Graphic
*Q.1) “Critically reflect upon what happens when we mix these things? THINK
THEN WRITE THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE THINGS!”
To critically reflect you must see both the positive and the negative things
*Q.2) “Extension Question Can you give any Biblical & non-biblical references to
justify your answers?”
The second question is harder. The idea behind Q.2 is to make you think about wider society, understand that as Christians you live in the world and things have you observed in the world also inform how you think. As a Christian you have to be able to reason and navigate worldly things as well as spiritual matters.
*Q.3.)Why are these things happening?
Q.4.) Discuss: What can we do to change the negatives and grow the positives?
Page 3 – This has the key to help you understand what the different sections mean
Page 4 – 7 – Explanation of Critical Reflection
Page 8 – 11 – Blank worksheets for you to write on. One for what generally happens
Pg. 3 – “What do you think generally happens when we mix these things?”
Pg. 4 – “What is the specific impact on WOMEN/GIRLS when we mix these things?”
Pg. 5. – “What is the specific impact on MEN/BOYS when we mix these things?”
Page 11 – Some suggestions (not exhaustive in the slightest)
Page 12 – Bibliography
Anyway below is the resource you can Follow this link to download) Money Sex Power Christianity Critical Reflection Small Group Resource enjoy 😉
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section on what YOU THINK happens when we mix certain things, what do YOU THINK happens when Christianity intersects with Money, Sex and or Power?
Catherine Waithe-Arnold BA (Hons), MMus, PhD Candidate
Colorado Mountain College, ‘Critical reflection’ Colorado Mountain College Web site, at: <http://faculty.coloradomtn.edu/orl/critical_reflection.htm> 7th February 2019
Dewey, J. (1933). How We Think: A Restatement of the Relation of Reflective Thinking to the Educative Process. Lexington, MA: Heath.
Foundation of Nursing Studies, 2015. ‘Learning Through Critical Reflection’ Fons Web site, at: <https://www.fons.org/resources/documents/Creating-Caring-Cultures/Critical-Reflection.pdf> 7th February 2019
Nottingham University, 2019. ‘Student Self Assessment’ Nottingham University Web site, at: <https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/nmp/sonet/rlos/placs/critical_reflection/pdf/ladybird_selfassess.pdf> 7th February 2019
MEZIROW J (1990) Fostering Critical Reflection in Adulthood San Francisco: Jossey-Bass