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Reflective Practice

Reflective Writing

Select two or more learning experiences, either from your training record or if possible include an experience from outside your studies such as a work-related situation.

Reflective writing requires practice and constant standing back from oneself –

  • Practise writing on the same event/incident through different people's viewpoints and disciplines.
  • Develop deepening reflection through discussing issues with others, perhaps with your supervisor or another colleague or mentor
  • Always reflect on what you have learnt from an incident, what is the theoretical stance and how you would do something differently another time
  • Try to develop your reflective writing to include the ethical, moral, historical and socio-political contexts
  • Remember that reflective practice is an important skill which is strongly encouraged in the workplace and by many professions. As you become used to reflecting on your work retrospectively, it will become easier to reflect in and for practice, i.e. communicate and work in a more thoughtful and purposeful way.

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(With acknowledgements to Pete Watton, Jane Collings, Jenny Moon, ‘Reflective Writing' University of Exeter, 2001, including refs. to Gibbs 1988 and Kolb 1984)

Reflective Writing
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