This Handbook has been produced as a result of the two-year project “Reflection tools for supporting individual learning paths of adults” (IN-LEARNING) under the action of Strategic Partnerships financed through the Erasmus+ Programme (project № 2015-1-EE01-KA204-013469).
Reflection methods and tools in the handbook are aimed at enhancing adult’s learning through the process of reflective writing and drawing, metaphorical thinking, creative writing, self-assessement, communication, questionning, visioning, growing awareness and somatic learning.
The IN-LEARNING project brought together six organisations from Estonia, Denmark, Italy, Sweden and Turkey, that combined their efforts to collect, test, adjust and develop reflection tools for supporting individual learning paths for adults. The team of adult educators, psychologists, sociologists, and facilitators of learning considered reflection as the most significant phase of continuous development and learning.
In an ever growing and changing world, rapid shifts in careers, advancing technologies, increasing diversity and mobility of global population, and dramatic changes in the personal contexts of our lives set up the need for life-long and life-wide learning (Dirxx, 1997). There is an evident necessity to develop new skills and competences, such as self-awareness, sensemaking, self-reliance, initiative, novel and adaptive thinking, critical thinking, self-directed competence, cross-cultural competence (Cobo, 2013, Future Work Skills 2020). Developing these skills and competences demand a long and continuous practice supported by reflection which involves linking a current experience to what has been previously learned and applying what we’ve learned to new contexts and situations fostering our ability to change, grow, act consciously and independently.
During a two-year project we shared our knowledge and expertise in: adult education, higher education, non-formal education, psychology, sociology, coaching.
From the information we collected, we were able to adjust and develop reflection methods and tools to support adults on their learning paths. This e-handbook consists of a wide variety of reflection tools that could be used by different adult learners individually and with the help of a facilitator depending on the nature of the learning experience, its settings and context. The handbook also includes recommendations on the use of the
tools, tips for facilitators, suggestions for variations, different aspects of learning and reflection, references to reading and exploring materials.
The reflection methods and tools represented in this ehandbook cover several areas.
These reflection methods and tools are aimed at enhancing adult’s learning through the process of reflective writing and drawing, metaphorical thinking, creative writing, selfassessement, communication, questionning, visioning, growing awareness and somatic learning.
We are happy to share these methods and tools with you and hope that you will find them useful, applicable and inspiring in your experience of learning.