A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice

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This exercise is devised by Jenny Moon, modified from an original idea in Progoff (1975).
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This exercise is modified from the 'Stepping stones' exercise of Progoff (1975). The principal aim of the exercise is to 'jog' or as Progoff says 'loosen' memory about a particular topic. Any topic at all can be the subject matter, for example, it can enable the exploration by individuals and groups of experiences such as 'being a learner' or the development of capacities such as 'skills', and so on. The exercise is particularly valuable for:
• exploring experiences or experiences of something (such as 'learning', feeling 'cared for' or 'teaching'). The topic might be the subject of current or future work for example, in learning journals;
• expanding personal perspectives on some topic or issue;
• finding subject matter for story writing - for creative writing or for professional development or other academic purposes;
• the generation of subject matter for personal skills exercises such as the giving of presentations;
• enabling the sharing of ideas in a group about a specific topic;
• group development. For shy or uninvolved participants in a group it provides a situation in which everyone will have a turn to make an oral

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