My blog for this week is to review an article titled: A review of ‘Reflective Writing- some initial guidance for students’ by Jenny Moon, University of Exeter.
In this article, Jenny Moon highlighted the ideas of reflective writing as evidence of reflective thinking. She also point out the need for reflective thinking, usually which involve looking back at something, any occurred event , an idea of thinking in depth and from different perspectives, and trying to explain, often with reference to a model or theory from the subject. There are some highlights as to forms of expressing reflection, i.e. In speech, in film, in graphic portrayal, music etc. (Jenny Moon, 2001)
There are some particular factors mentioned, that could shape reflection into reflective writing which might include:
• The reason why someone is writing reflectively i.e. personal reasons – academic purposes.
• Emotional state at the time of writing, and emotional reaction to what they are writing.
• Learning outcomes of someone’s experience. So you might include a plan for next time identifying what you would do differently, your new understandings or values and unexpected things you have learnt about yourself.
Genuinely reflective writing often involves revealing anxieties, errors and weaknesses, as well as strengths and successes (GPonline.com, 2012). This article also emphasis on how individuals can learn not only from the reflection but from the process of representing the reflection itself. Also points out that, someone can learn different things according to the manner in which they represent the reflection. Example what you would learn from drawing a picture to represent reflections will differ from what you will learn in writing about the same content. It is a part of the process of writing reflectively to be as aware as possible of the influences that are shaping the writing that you actually do.
There is a part in this article which explains that in the context of higher education, reflective writing will usually have a purpose. Further information from my findings says that, reflecting on an experience can help make links between theory and practice and between past and present. Reflecting on and learning from experiences can help to avoid repeating mistakes. Also, it will help to identify the successful aspects of an experience, and any useful and any useful principles which can be applied to other situations.
Again, reflective writing provides a way in which you can make best use of an experience turning surface learning into deep learning. Can be used to record progress throughout study at University. (University of Wolverhampton, 2012)
In conclusion, I think reflective writing can improve someone’s performance by using the outcome of reflection to inform future practice. I have also realised that, reflection helps someone to identify your own learning and recognising it as important.
GPonline.com (2012). Developing reflective writing skills. Available from: http://www.gponline.com/Education/article/1137992/developing-reflective-writing-skills-part-one/ [Accessed 12 October 2012].
Jenny Moon (2001). Reflective Writing – some initial guidance for students. Available from: http://www.e-radiography.net/projects/relective_writing.htm [Accessed 11 October 2012].
University of Wolverhampton (2012). Learning and Information Services. Available from: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/lib/PDF/LS006%20Guide%20to%20Reflective%20Writing.pdf [Accessed 11 October 2012].