The eye of the storm: a mindful inquiry into reflective practices in higher education

Webster-Wright, Ann (2013) The eye of the storm: a mindful inquiry into reflective practices in higher education. Reflective Practice, 14 4: 556-567. doi:10.1080/14623943.2013.810618

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Author Webster-Wright, Ann
Title The eye of the storm: a mindful inquiry into reflective practices in higher education
Journal name Reflective Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1462-3943
1470-1103
Publication date 2013-07-04
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1080/14623943.2013.810618
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 14
Issue 4
Start page 556
End page 567
Total pages 12
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Time for reflective thought is constricted in busy academic lives, with available thinking time focused on urgent, analytical inquiry. Paradoxically, time spent in contemplative mindfulness, stepping back from insistent probing into a still, calm space, may allow increased clarity and focus on problems worthy of inquiry, once re-engaged. This paper highlights the dual dimension of reflection captured in the concept of 'mindful inquiry' as a dialectic interchange between active critical inquiry and receptive open mindfulness. In the focus on robust critique in contemporary higher education, the value of contemplation is lost. Insights from Western and Eastern philosophy, as well as evidence from empirical research, suggest an integrated approach may allow alternative, creative and intuitive ways of approaching problems to supplement rational, problem solving strategies. The practice of 'mindful inquiry' also offers a practical tool, to enhance academic wellbeing as well as help prepare students for participation in life beyond university.
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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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Created: Mon, 22 Jul 2013, 13:52:14 EST by Dr Ann Webster-Wright on behalf of School of Education