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Running Head: REFLECTIVE ESSAY 1 Reflective Essay Institutional Affiliation Date
REFLECTIVE ESSAY 2 Abstract Following my portfolio on the application of research methods from my weekly practical tasks, I have been able to track my progress through the entire course work. This, however, is a reflection process through which I will be able to identify my areas of strengths and my weaknesses using several reflexive frameworks and methodologies. In this reflective essay, I will draw together my experiences in research methods application, unit learnings, and possible application of this combined knowledge in my career path/industry. My process of reflection shall be based on the 4Rs of reflection-on-action: reporting, relating, reasoning, and reconstruction; where actions will be analyzed and reframed following observation or an event and coming up with potential solutions. Through this process, I will be able to address my continuing learning process from emotional, cognitive, and practical standpoints, and my ethics, values, and beliefs. In particular, I will focus on three of the several practical skills acquired through the weekly practical tasks, i.e.: designing a simple survey, identification of digital methods, and content analysis.
REFLECTIVE ESSAY 3 Practical Tasks Reflection Introduction Looking at the practical tasks presented in part A, there are several things that I managed to learn while acquiring the key skills associated with the particular weekly tasks. This portfolio is aimed at showing how I have been able to apply my knowledge on research methods to real- life problems as learned through the problems presented during the study. This reflection presents my learning journey in the development of applicable knowledge of research methods and delivering that knowledge in a professional and practical communications context. Surveys: Task – Designing a Simple Survey I had not known the value of collecting data from the ground as compared to dealing with secondary information or already collected data. That was not until I had the opportunity to carry out a survey intended to find out the levels of community awareness on the Sacred Heart Mission (SHM) op shop in Fitzroy. The survey was aimed at determining how well informed the populace around Brunswick St is conversant with the location, services and charity focus behind the Sacred Heart Mission opportunity shop. To do so, I used a questionnaire. I had to come up with a set of questions whereby each of the questions contributes a significant bit to the overall question. This provided me with a groundbreaking opportunity to explore my formulating skills as I had to think critically to determine the type of questions to ask – and the order in which to ask the questions.

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