Reflective writing in Education

Reflective writing generally contains elements of description, analysis and outcomes or action. If you include each of these components in your reflective writing, you will more clearly see connections between your experiences, learning, and theories.

This video will provide you with a brief introduction to reflective writing at university, including what it is and ways to approach it.

The purpose of reflective writing in Education

Reflective writing encourages you to make observations about your experiences and beliefs – for instance, your own past experiences as a learner, or your observations from teaching rounds – and link these with the theoretical learning in your subject. It encourages you to think about what  you have learned and how you have learned it. This helps you to create new knowledge. Reflective writing requires you to show that you can evaluate what you read, think, and do, by acknowledging a range of viewpoints and possibilities.

When undertaking a reflective writing task, you need to draw connections between what you have been asked to reflect on (for instance a classroom experience or your own learning in a unit) and relevant theories. Drawing connections between theory and experience or learning helps create new understandings.

Diagram to show importance of linking experience and theory within reflective writing tasks