One paragraph from the extract is annotated below to highlight some common features of a critical reflection. Compare this example to example paragraphs from your own course to see how it compares to what you are expected to produce.
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To move from a simple reflection on your actions to a broader, more critical reflection consider the following questions:
- What is the bigger picture?
- What goals are you working towards? Are there any conflicts of interest to take account of?
- How might someone else view or judge your performance or behaviour?
- Have you been pushed out of your comfort zone? How?
- Which different opinions or viewpoints have you been exposed to? Are there any other viewpoints and opinions which you should investigate to build a fuller picture?
- How has your attitude been shaped or changed over time? Why has it evolved in this manner?
- What are the wider implications and impact of your behaviour and practice? (Social, ecological...)
- Do you reinforce or question established norms and behaviours in your field?
What language should I use in reflective writing?
In reflective writing a more personal language style is encouraged, compared to other types of academic writing.
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