Reflective Classroom

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Learning through reflection

Reflection is an active process whereby the professional can gain an understanding of how historical, social, cultural and personal experiences have contributed to professional knowledge and practice (Wilkinson, 1996).

Duffy (2007) believes that reflective practice is an active deliberate process of critically examining practice where an individual is challenged and enabled to undertake the process of self-enquiry to empower the practitioner to realize desirable and effective practice within a reflexive spiral of personal transformation.

Learning is derived from experience but it doesn’t just happen. For it to take place you not only need to engage in reflection you must also record it. By thinking about what you are doing and why you are doing it is what turns your experiences into meaningful learning. If you are to become a reflective practitioner you have to use that learning to increase your professional knowledge and skills to the benefit of not only yourself but also to your patients / clients. Why Reflect

Reflection is really a process that begins with looking back on a situation, pondering over it, learning from it and then using the new knowledge to help you in future similar situations. Reflection, which is learning through experience, is not a new concept. As humans, we naturally reflect on our surroundings and experiences. However, the conscious, deliberate and ordered process of using reflection as a learning tool in our professional practice is much more challenging. It is a complex activity that requires the individual to develop a set of skills required for problem solving (Moon, 1999).

Reflection, therefore, encourages us to become aware of our thoughts (intellectual) and feelings (affective) which relate to a particular learning experience or area of our practice. Students and Reflection

You will be constantly introduced to different theoretical knowledge and new practice experiences. Reflection is one way of helping you to link the theory and practice experiences and to integrate your learning. Much of this learning is achieved by you being actively involved in reflective practice. Through reflection 'in' and 'on' practice, you can: • Focus your thoughts on your experiences.

• Gain greater understanding of professional healthcare practice. • Become more aware of the knowledge and skills that you have developed. • Identify your strengths and areas for development.

• Develop an action plan for future practice.
Whilst we engage in reflection on a daily basis, much of this occurs in quiet moments when by ourselves. As a student, you will also be required to develop your skills in reflective writing. Whilst this skill may be new to you at the moment you will become more familiar with it as you progress as a student. Although some may view reflective writing as a challenging skill (in that is not necessarily an instinctive process), it is one that can be learned and improved with practice (Jasper, 2001).

| | | |Reflection is a purposeful thoughtful activity to: |Reflection helps us to: | |Gain new insight. | | |Gain new ideas. |Stand back and think of a situation. | |Acquire new understanding. |Gain a new perspective. | |Enhance patient / client care. |Make sense of our experiences. | | |Construct...
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