"Midrange Reflection: The Underlying Practice of Wabash Center
Workshops, Colloquies, and Consultations"
Patricia O'Connell Killen
Pacific Lutheran University
Teaching Theology and Religion 10:3 (July 2007) 143-149
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article argues that the primary intellectual embodiment of the
Wabash Center's ethos of hospitality is a particular kind of reflection
on teaching and learning, "midrange reflection." It defines
and describes midrange reflection and then discusses the two essential
skills required to facilitate it as distinct from other types of reflection
and discussion: (1) the ability to identify issues in the life of a
learning community, and (2) the ability to design sequences of questions
and intellectual activities that promote reflection on those issues.
As the underlying, if not defining practice of Wabash Center workshops,
colloquies, and consultations, midrange reflection is crucial to the
significant learning that occurs in Wabash Center programs and to participants’ ability
to take their deeper understanding and insights back into their
classrooms and professional lives.