The reading, Turns of Thought by Donna Qualley was easy to read and understand. Though, I am not sure my understanding of REFLEXIVE and REFLECTIVE is quite right.

What I took away from the Introduction is that Reflexive and Reflective have the same meaning. They both mean to look back, examine, create new ideas, edit and respond to an individual's writing.

Because I was not sure if my understanding of the two words was correct, I looked up the definitions on Google.

re·flex·ive /riˈfleksiv/
Adjective: Denoting a pronoun that refers back to the subject of the clause in which it is used, e.g., myself, themselves.

Noun: A reflexive word or form, esp. a pronoun.

Synonyms: reflective

As you can see, the definition lists REFLECTIVE as a SYNONYM for reflexive. I then went back to the reading and noticed that wherever "Reflexive" was said, Reflective could have replaced it. I also noticed that in the beginning of the article, the word Reflective was used. Once it started discussing Reflexive Inquiry, the word Reflexive was used throughout the rest of the reading.

One direction - Can only reflect AFTER

Bi-directional - interaction with other - Give and take - Flexible
Diane Seneca
11/15/2011 13:04:08

I can't say if my idea is correct, but I think that reflexive goes a step further than reflective. From what I understood, being reflexive not only encompasses reflection but it also requires flexibility, the chance for change, and the ability to look at an event from another person's perspective. To step out of your own shoes and into the shoes of another. So, it is evaluating the past, and analyzing, and adjusting, but it's also growing and changing from that activity. It is also seeing something from another angle.


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