Reflecting on learning

Students in Education are often asked to reflect on their own learning. This generally involves making connections between your own learning experiences and educational theories, as well as considering the implications for your future teaching practice.

Sample of student work

Below is an example of a student’s reflection on their own learning experience.

As you read it, consider how the student has incorporated the elements of reflective writing as mentioned above (description, analysis and outcomes/action) then answer the questions below.

Thinking back to my primary schooling I see myself as an excited, conscientious and avid learner motivated by understanding the unknown. I loved exploring the world using my imagination, literature and by getting my hands dirty. I loved questioning how things worked by interrogating and disturbing seemingly complex systems like water fountains, garage doors or anything with buttons. It is said that all children are born with curious minds. I believe curiosity is an innate aspect of childhood that drives the learning process. This theory of learning was actually pioneered by Jean Piaget (1954), who argued that knowledge is generated by experience and ideas interacting. Piaget suggested that learning occurs as we navigate and interact with our environment: “The universe is built up into an aggregate of permanent objects connected by causal relations. The self thus becomes aware of itself, at least in its practical action, and discovers itself as a cause among other causes and as an object subject to the same laws as other objects” (Piaget, 1954, p. 397). I too believe it is the interaction between a subject and its environment which is fundamental to the process of learning. However, in addition to this, I believe that learning deeply involves asking questions, testing ideas and finding answers. I argue that this process of interacting with and questioning our environment is what constitutes learning.