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One of the most important decisions an educational leader must make is whether or not to become a "reflective practitioner". A reflective leader is someone who takes the time to think about what has transpired or what steps should be taken tomorrow. Reflective leaders think before they act and are proactive, not reactive. A reflective leader takes responsibility for making tough decisions and is willing to admit error. Reflective leaders do not act impulsively or overreact to a situation. Instead, they carefully consider all possible options and decide on a course of action. Reflective administrators continually think about instruction and ways to promote and enhance student learning in their schools. Reflective practice recognizes that there is no one best way in planning educational programs. The decision making process needs to respond to a number of features that define the event to be decided. Different situations and thinking styles, different goals and purposes, different motives, different problems, and different desired outcomes will result in a choice of different strategies. The purpose of reflective practice is to match the most appropriate decision making strategy with the current situation.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education

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Robert Decker


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