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Features of reflective writing

Reflective writing is a link between you and your course. Your lecturer has planned the course, selected readings to further your knowledge and established tasks to help you establish sound teaching philosophies. In reflective writing you should consider the context as well as your personal position when you raise questions or make personal comments on theories and practices.

What to think about

  • Explore how the writer's prior experience (discourse field, culture) has shaped his or her views. Does this affect the validity of the ideas presented?
  • How can you link the ideas to your own experience? Be specific!

What to write about

  • Comment on ideas, in terms of how they are meaningful to you and if you could apply them.
  • Consider the ideas in terms of their logic, usefulness, theoretical soundness and pedagogical implications.
  • If your reflection relates to observation, link what you observed to your own ideas, experience, developing philosophy and future practice.

Questions to ask about the text

  • Did the researcher actually try these in a real class ?
  • Is the research original or does the author report another study?
  • Are the ideas relevant to your situation?
  • How has your own prior experience and current situation shaped your views?
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