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American Journal of Educational Research. 2015, 3(7), 918-922
DOI: 10.12691/education-3-7-16
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How Teachers Experience Practical Reflectivity in Schools: A Case Study

Alcina Oliveira Martins1, 2, , Maria Nazaré Coimbra1, 2, Isabel P. Pinto1, 2 and Rosa Serradas3, 2

1School of Psychology, Education and Sports, Lusofona University of Oporto, Porto, Portugal

2Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development (CeiED)

3School of Social Sciences, Education and Management, Lusofona University of Humanities and Technologies, Lisbon, Portugal

Pub. Date: June 26, 2015

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Alcina Oliveira Martins, Maria Nazaré Coimbra, Isabel P. Pinto and Rosa Serradas. How Teachers Experience Practical Reflectivity in Schools: A Case Study. American Journal of Educational Research. 2015; 3(7):918-922. doi: 10.12691/education-3-7-16


The aim of this study is to analyze the essential capacities and attitudes of teachers concerning the concretization of teacher’s reflective practices, by considering potentialities and constraints through the perceptions of teachers and supervisors, in a public school in Porto, Portugal. In the case study, a mixed research strategy was used, with the application of an enquiry questionnaire to basic school teachers, as well as interviews to their supervisors. The results show the importance of practical reflectivity and teachers’ collaborative work, based on continuous learning. As constraints, supervisors draw attention to a discontinuous reflection, limited to the initial moment of activity planning. On the other hand, teachers point out the problem of being overloaded by school daily tasks and a superficial evaluation of practices, which hinder the deepening of practical reflectivity.

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