Personal Reflection And Development Plan

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Personal Reflection and Development Plan

Reflective practice has helped many people to improve their learning. It is a valuable tool often used by healthcare and education providers to improve their approach to work by questioning their actions. Throughout my short time spent in Higher Education (HE) I have learned many new aspects of learning like different learning styles and models of reflection and this provides me with an opportunity to look back over these ideas and reflect. This will allow me to use these skills to my advantage and develop myself with a development plan to continue my educational understanding.

The word ‘Reflection’ simply means ‘careful thought about a particular subject’ (Collins English Dictionary, 2013). It is
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Jasper (2013) states that reflection allows us to learn for ourselves, rather than being taught in a lesson or watching and mimicking an instructor’s actions, instead we are now able to look inwards and critique ourselves, at which point we can adapt our future performance through personal knowledge of a subject. In a certain fashion, the reflector now uses their understanding to become the teacher of themselves, allowing proficient, skilled workers the ability to continuously develop (Rushton and Suter, 2012). Reflection can come naturally to some learners, meaning they would use it often to help with their development, others can find it a taxing process and must put in more mental effort to use it effectively (Jarvis, 1992).

Schon (1983) writes about two specific types of reflection used, ‘reflection in action’ and ‘reflection on action’. At many points in life reflection is undertaken whilst performing an action, for instance, think of a jazz musician playing an instrument with no sheet music, they are altering their performance in action to decide where to take the music next. Reflecting whilst performing the action allows for improvisation as they are adept at what they are
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