Succeeding in postgraduate study
Succeeding in postgraduate study

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Succeeding in postgraduate study

5 Summary and reflection

You can use this visual summary to review the theme of reflective learning and reflective practice (topics that were discussed in this session and in Session 2).

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Figure 4 Reflective learning and practice

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The last activity encourages you to reflect further on a topic of your choice. Take some time to go through this, before moving on.

Activity 2 Reflecting on Session 7

Allow approximately 20 minutes

Based on what you have learned in Session 7, either create a mind map or write a reflective journal entry on ONE of the following topics:

  • What is reflective practice?
  • Why reflective practice is important for academic and professional development.
  • Good and bad critical reflection.
  • Some of the key similarities and differences between approaches used by different disciplines.

Use your mind map or learning journal to reflect on your chosen topic and identify any areas that you are unsure of, or think you should explore further.

Now go back to your academic and professional skills checklist (from Session 1) and look at how you assessed your ability in the ‘reflective thinking and writing’ and the ‘critical and analytical thinking’ domains. If you think that you are now at a higher level of understanding than your initial estimate, then mark this down on the form.

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