QofR: Collaborative research task

Updated: Apr 7

Over consolidation week, we were asked to complete a collaborative research task, which we would then present on our return. The questions were as follows:

  1. What is a reflective practitioner?

  2. What is imposter syndrome?

  3. What is convergent and divergent thinking?

I have included my own notes and the visualisations of the other groups as they were presented.


What is a reflective practitioner?


Reflective practice is the ability to 'engage in a process of continuous learning' by 'paying critical attention to the practical values and theories which inform everyday actions.' So we shouldn't simply accept the tacit knowledge we employ when creating, but question why and how we do certain things, with the aim of continuous development.


There is a cycle of reflective practice: experience -> observation -> analysis -> abstract preconceptualisation -> experiment -> experience...


Almay's drawing showing us how to reflect like a pirate:

Donald Shon's book The Reflective Practioner introduces the following two concepts: 'reflection-in-action' and 'reflection-on-action'. By attempting to understand and challenge our own assumptions and take time to make sense of them, we engage 'a legitimate form of professional knowing.' (Schon, 1983: 69).


Charlotte's visualisation of RIA and ROA:

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What is imposter syndrome?


Ellis and Symone produced the following explanations of imposter syndrome:

They gave a list of six methods to tackle imposter syndrome, including:

- Acknowledge your feelings - use a journal, counter negative thoughts and practice mindfulness.

- Talk to others - share feelings of self-doubt.

- Develop a quick response plan - gain objectivity by stepping back from your feelings.

- Overcome perfectionism - set SMART goals and accept honest failures

- Own your successes - celebrate!


And finally, 'to understand your strengths and weaknesses' by completing a SWOT analysis, to rationally consider your strengths and weaknesses, rather than those your anxiety might overwhelm you with. They included a series of questions to ask yourself when completing the analysis, which will be really useful when including it within the Proposal.


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Convergent and divergent thinking


I was working with Stella on researching and defining the terms 'convergent' and 'divergent' thinking. We began by creating a simple table to compare the two:

The psychologist J.P. Guildford proposed the concept of Divergent thinking in 1956, when he noticed that creative people show this type of thinking more than others. I pointed out that while creative people may naturally place more emphasis on 'divergent thinking' but that this can lead to stasis. Instead, lateral thinking is the process of using both cognitive processes. Firstly, divergent thinking: come up with lots of ideas that don’t follow a traditional route, thinking creatively and outside the box. Follow this up with convergent thinking, taking the various pieces of information you’ve uncovered, apply established methods to choose the best solution.


Both Stella and I created visual summaries to explore the two cognitive processes:



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