Reflective Commentary

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Guidance for completion of your reflective commentary

A reflective approach to your educational and culturalexperience will bring about changes in the way you perceive your academic environment. Further, this reflective approach can go on to produce changes in attitudes and awareness which may, in turn, benefit your personal and professional growth. While a single experience in isolation, such as your overseas or homeplacement,will be insufficient to achieve such growth, that experience coupled with reflection may serve as a powerful impetus for development of key transferable skills which can directly impact on your future employability.

So, the purpose of this piece of reflective work is to compare and contrast the environment you encountered during your period of on the overseas programme (ENU) with your previous environment/programme(IAM/IIHM).Specific attention must be paid to the elements of learning, teaching and assessment at your ENU institution/programme and how they differed from those with which you are familiar – and the impact they had on you as a student and an individual.

What does this mean? As a start, consider a module on the present Hospitality Management Programme(ENU) with one at your previous institution/programme IAM/IHM. How is it presented to you? It is most unlikely that the previous module has broad learning outcomes and lasts a complete trimester.It is far more likely to be, of a lesser credit value, shorter or longer in length, and with more specific learning outcomes, or indicative content. Does this make the change in modules easier or more difficult? Does the ‘smaller’or “longer” module make it easier or more difficult to compare content from home to host institution? This is just one small, but significant, difference you encountered, and dealt with – now you must apply your own form of reflective practice to yourplacement in a more holistic manner.

As you start to undertake this process some questions you may wish to...
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