Reflective writing is a personal style of writing | My Assignment Tutor

Reflective writing What is reflective writing?Reflective writing is a personal style of writing. It is expected when you are asked to reflect on and think critically (analyse and judge in relation to the theory) about ideas and practices that relate to you personally (e.g. your teaching practices). Its purpose is to help you to understand your course material better, to help you create links between your past and present learning and clarify the relationship between theory and practice. You can write your paragraphs to give your opinion (interpretation/ analysis) first, then the supporting evidence, like in Example 1. Or you can present the theory first to provide the basis for your subsequent opinion, like in Example 2. If you do not link your opinion to the theory, then your opinion lacks credibility, like in Example 3. Academic Skills Quick GuideWhat is in this guide • What is reflective writing? • Features of the language of reflective writing • ExamplesFeatures of the language of reflective writing • You can write in the first person when you are reflecting. That is, you can include yourself (I, me, we) in your writing when you are expressing personal experiences, observations or opinions. • When you are referring to theory or other writers you should write in the third person. That is, refer to other writers by name and try not to use I, or me. • The actions (verbs) when you reflect are usually those of feeling and thinking e.g. feeling, felt, considered, experienced, wondered, remembered, discovered, learned. • When you are reflecting, if your opinion is not all that strong, you can modify or soften it by using words like may, perhaps or might.Examples Example 1: Your opinion (interpretation/analysis) followed by supporting theoryNote how paragraph structure is used to: • state a reflection/opinion . • give explanation and an interpretation about that reflection • provide a theoretical justification for the interpretation. This adds credibility to the interpretation • draw a logical conclusion.Actions of thinking and feeling On contemplation, I realised that some of my values are in conflict with one another. One value is that financial security brings happiness. Another value of mine is that education is extremely important. These values are in direct conflict because the second (education) prevents me from achieving the first (security from monetary gains). As Egan (1977, p. 12) explains, conflict occurs if different values get in the way of one another. This conflict of values probably explains why I have been feeling distressed and anxious about coming to university Centre for Teaching and Learning | Academic Practice | Academic Skills | Digital Resources +61 2 6626 9262 | [email protected] | Page 1


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