Reflective_Writing.pdf - Reflective writing What is reflective writing In this guide Purpose of reflective writing Elements of a reflective essay

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1 Reflective writing What is reflective writing? Reflection involves looking back and evaluating your actions, in light of the relevant literature in your subject, with a view to improving your practice, task or analysis. Note: Concepts of ‘reflection’ may vary among disciplines but you will usually be asked to write a reflective essay where relatively complex (often practical) tasks are concerned. The purpose of reflective writing is to interrogate your own learning and demonstrate the ability to apply theory or conceptual processes to your practice or task in a meaningful way. Whether you’re training to be a health specialist, a lawyer, a scientist, a business person, an engineer, a teacher, a historian or any other professional, you will be expected to be a reflective practitioner. This means questioning your everyday practice and implementing new knowledge gained through this reflection in your job/research/study. Elements of a reflective essay As with any essay, it is important that you consult your brief for specific guidelines, but usually, a reflective essay: demonstrates your familiarity with relevant literature shows ability to think critically and evaluate the existing sources makes connections between the literature and your experience (practical tasks) reflects on your practice/experience and creates deeper meaning understands how aspects of your practice are relevant to the literature values your experience, shows how you learn from it and makes recommendations for future action/practice In this guide: Purpose of reflective writing Elements of a reflective essay Differences between a standard undergraduate essay and a reflective essay Tips for a great reflective essay and examples Your notes: theory practice analysis
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2 issue identified relevant literature /theory relevant practice / experience reflection on practice vis-a-vis literature The reflective cycle A reflective cycle such as this one (compare with Gibbs. 1988) can be used to develop each point or
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