reflective practice

Topics: Writing, Thought, Mind Pages: 50 (16559 words) Published: May 26, 2014

Resources for Reflective Learning

This is a section of 50 pages from Moon, J (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning , Routledge Falmer, London. You are welcome to use this material freely, but it would be good if you referenced it.…. There is more detail on the exercises in the book, but some are self evident


On these pages are exercises, material for handouts and examples that are designed to support the introduction and use of reflective and experiential learning. The instructions for the use of these materials in within the text, mainly in Chapter 11, with some further references in Chapter 13. Copyright restrictions have been waived, so these may be copied freely for use with learners.

Below the resources and their subject matter are listed with the page number that is their main reference in the text of the book.

Resource 1 The processes of writing reflectively: a map of reflective writingp

Resource 2 Reflective Writing - some initial guidance for students (handout)p

Resource 3 A comparison of Reflective Writing and Report or Essay Writingp

Resource 4 Samples of Reflective Writingp

Resource 5 The Park - an exercise in reflective writingp

Resource 6 The Presentation - an exercise in reflective writingp

Resource 7 Questions to support reflective writingp

Resource 8 Dialogues – an exercise to expand reflective thinking and writingp

Resource 9 A Framework for Reflective Writingp

Resource 10 The Dance Lesson - an exercise in reflective writingp

Resource 11 Strategies for enhancing learning from everyday experience p

Resource 12 An exercise on judgementp

Resource 13 Footprintsp

Resource 14 Poetry as a form of capturing experiencep

Resource 15 Instructions for using The Park, The Presentation and other such exercises Resource 1 The processes of writing reflectively: a map of reflective writing

Start reflection process

A purpose for reflecting guides selection of an event / issue and other aspects of the processes Perhaps review of new
purpose against original
The description of event or issue focuses the considerations: - eg: a) a statement of observations
b) comment on personal behaviour;
c) comment on reaction / feelings;
d) comment on context.

Additional ideas are fed in – eg:
a) further observations;
b) relevant other knowledge, experience, feelings, intuitions c) suggestions from others;
d) new information;
e) formal theory;
f) other factors such as ethical, moral, socio-political context.

Reflective thinking occurs– processes of relating , experimenting, exploring, reinterpreting from different points of view, or within different contextual factors, theorizing, linking theory and practice; ‘cognitive housekeeping’, etc.

Other processing may occur such as testing of new ideas in practice and / or representation: eg in a first draft, or graphic form / in discussion etc.

A product results - something is learned or there is a sense of moving on – eg identification of an area for further reflection or a new question is framed.

There is more reflectionThere is resolution / completion

From Moon. (1999a)

Resource 2 Reflective Writing - some initial guidance for students (handout)

Jenny Moon, University of Exeter

Introduction – reflection and reflective writing

Reflection lies somewhere around the notion of learning and thinking. We reflect in order to learn something, or we learn as a result of reflecting. Reflective writing is the expression on paper/screen of some of the mental processes of reflection. Other forms of expressing reflection are in speech, in film, in graphic portrayal, music etc. The expression of reflection is not, however, a direct mirror of what happens in the head. It is a representation of that process within the chosen medium - and reflection...
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