Plan for Practice

A plan with two dimensions:
How you will put into practice in your work, community and other settings the tools, processes, and knowledge being learned
How and with whom you will practice putting these into practice. Given that things are surely not going to work out perfectly the very first time, include how you will take stock of how well your Plan is working so as to adjust and improve.

Even though you may briefly summarize background information about your setting and past events, focus on the road ahead, moreover, on what you will truly be able to accomplish. In this spirit, keep your focus on:
the realistic (rather than the idealistic)
the concrete (rather than the abstract)
the short- or medium-term (rather than the long-term)
the practical (rather than the theoretical)

A draft entry for the revised second edition of Taking Yourself Seriously: Processes of Research and Engagement (First edition).


About Peter J. Taylor
Peter Taylor teaches and directs programs on critical thinking, reflective practice, and science-in-society at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He studies the complexity of environmental and health sciences in their social context as well as innovation in teaching, group process, and interdisciplinary collaboration (see He is especially interested in conversations with others who are, in diverse ways, "troubled by heterogeneity" (

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