In searching for some definitions for reflection and reflective practice I came across these definitions when I did a Google search. I was reminded that reflection is originally a terms from physics.

1. …the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat or sound without absorbing it…

synonyms: sending back, throwing back, casting back, mirroring, backscattering

2. Serious thought or consideration

synonyms: thought, thinking, consideration, contemplation, study, deliberation, pondering, meditation, musing, rumination, cogitation, brooding, agonising;

What is backscattering? I just love that word! More physics!

Backscattering is to deflect (radiation or particles) through an angle of 180° as in “The temperature of an optical fibre subtly affects how much light is backscattered”.

So in reflective practice could this mean:

The understanding of experience is affected by how much thoughtfulness is backscattered through a particular angle or perspective.

I think I have just performed reflection in the form of rumination!

Let me know if you have any better ideas of how backscattering can be applied to critical reflective practice. And what would it look like?