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7 The importance of reflection

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Figure 10 Reflection

You have had a lot of practice in reflecting on what you have done over the course of the last eight weeks, and this is an important skill in its own right. Before your final learning review of the course, watch a short video in which Stephen McGann discusses his own experience of learning how to reflect in practice, and why he now understands it to be so important.

Activity 8 Learning from reflection

Timing: Allow approximately 5 minutes

In this video, actor and OU graduate Stephen McGann discusses how learning to reflect on what he did was an integral part of his degree course. He introduces the term ‘reflective practice’ – which is the same skill you have been encouraged to use on this short course, although you may not have always been aware of it. Listen to his views on what he gained from reflective practice and why it has become such an important skill that he continues to use it. Make a few notes.

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Hopefully Stephen inspired you to want to continue to use your reflective skills. You may want to jot down in your notebook any thoughts about how and when you might do this.

For now, at least, put your reflective skills into practice in the final section of this week, which invites you to look back over the course and record your main learning points.