Guided Reflection as an Organisational Learning and Data Collection Tool in a Gender Equality Change Management Programme

By Uduak Archibong, Monica O'Mullane, Daniela Kállayová, Nazira Karodia, Caitríona Ní Laoire and Ilenia Picardi.

Published by The International Journal of Organizational Diversity

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This paper presents a guided reflection (GR) framework compiled and used specifically in a gender equality change management programme. The programme involves seven partners (one being an evaluation partner) from across Europe, each partner implementing a change management programme in their university setting. A guided reflection framework, including verbal reflective discussions and written reflections, was devised and deployed to enable and facilitate the collection of narratives and stories on the experience of gender transformation within the university institutions. The resulting outcome so far has been a successful application of the GR framework, with emerging findings suggesting that participants found the opportunity to share and reflect useful. Both written and verbal reflection tools were effective within this programme, with lessons emerging around increasing and improving the journaling aspect of written reflections. The process findings illustrate how people in our organisations are very constrained for time for reflection within their busy work schedules, and therefore the applicability and usefulness of the GR framework has been in enabling a space for such reflection and thought, which in turn contributes to organizational learning and potential for change.

Keywords: Managing Diversity, Policies and Regulations, Professional Development

The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, Volume 16, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.19-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 18, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 683.066KB)).

Prof. Uduak Archibong

Professor of Diversity and Director, Centre for Inclusion and Diversity, School of Health Studies, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK

Dr. Monica O'Mullane

College Lecturer, Department of Public Health, Trnava University, Trnava, Slovakia

Dr. Daniela Kállayová

Researcher and Lecturer, Department of Public Health, Trnava University, Trnava, Slovakia

Prof. Nazira Karodia

Professor of Science Education, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK

Dr. Caitríona Ní Laoire

Lecturer in Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Ireland; Scientific Coordinator, GENOVATE Project, University College Cork, Ireland

Dr. Ilenia Picardi

Associated Professor, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy