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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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REFLECTIVE PRACTICE: DONALD SCHÖN

Donald Schön proposes that practitioners in such fields as psychotherapy, education, and medicine are in effect experimenting with each intervention they offer and thus need to direct attention to the nature of the experiment and the outcomes in order to correct course. Schön suggests that practitioners consciously or unconsciously choose a response or intervention in order to elicit more information (exploratory experiments), to see what kind of response is generated (move-testing experiments), or to test an assumption about the essential nature of a problem (hypothesis-testing experiments). Through mindful reflection, the practitioner is able to nonjudgmentally gather data and better understand the interdependence ...

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