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Personal reflection

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Introduction

Personal Reflective Essay. Reflection as defined by the Oxford English dictionary (1993) means 'idea arising in the mind' and mind means 'seat of consciousness, thought, volition, and feeling'. It seems therefore that reflection, in an every day term is about thinking that involves volition and feeling, therefore reflection is very personal as we are all unique individuals. So, if reflection is thinking why are we being assessed on it, and how can it be assessed as surely we all think differently. Are reflective framework models, an aid to help me think or an aid to help the assessor's asses me? Am I being cynical or is cynicism accurate observation? Have we forgotten how to think? Are we living in an age where the pace of life is so fast that people don't have time to think any more? Is that why reflection is now being incorporated into curriculums or is it to enhance learning and the forming of concepts and connections? Is it to make me realise what my own ideas are, and which are somebody else's? Or is it as King and Kitchener (1994 cited Moon 2001, p.8) propose to challenge my learning and thereby improve my cognitive ability? ...read more.

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dreamer learning style. It would seem that reflection has been beneficial to me after all, as it has made me aware of my learning style or styles and made me realise that the use of reflective frameworks are stifling for me, therefore I have thought about, 'reflected upon' and learnt something from 'the experience'. It seems that my learning experience is related to Boud et al's (1985) definition of reflection as they defines it as A generic term for those intellectual and effective activities in which individuals engage to explore their experiences in order to lead to a new understanding and appreciation (Draper 1999). It seems that Boud et al view reflection from the learner's point of view, emphasising the relationship of the reflective process and the learning experience. For example I have learnt from the experience of using reflective framework models that I find them stifling. Whereas Dewey (1993) defines reflection as An active persistent and careful consideration of any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the grounds that support it and the further conclusion to which it tends (Draper 1999). ...read more.

Conclusion

What is apparent though is that reflection is very complicated which is ironic considering that thinking is very easy. Perhaps then it is not the process of reflection that is hard, 'the thinking' but, it is dealing with the emotions that reflection brings. Perhaps I am being assessed on my reflection abilities as they are important to my holistic personal, education and practice development. Perhaps my cynicism in the introduction is healthy as, No man who worships education has got the best out of education... Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete. Gilbert K. Chesterton I certainly feel that I have got my initial contempt for reflection out of my system as I have realised that reflection has helped me make connections such as the link between my learning style and putting the practical writing of assignments off for as long as possible. Reflection has as King and Kitchener proposed 'improved my cognitive ability', as I now have a better understanding of reflection and myself. I also feel that students do own their reflections as they own their past experiences which they draw upon during reflection. Personally I do not like reflective framework models but I appreciate that they can be very beneficial for students who find reflection difficult. ...read more.

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