Succeeding in postgraduate study
Succeeding in postgraduate study

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Succeeding in postgraduate study

Session 7: Reflective writing, reflective practice and discipline perspectives


Welcome to Session 7. In this session we look at some examples where reflective practice is applied in academic and professional settings. We discuss how models and frameworks (for example, Gibbs’ model which was introduced in Session 2) can be applied to facilitate reflective practice, provide some tips that should help with your reflective writing, and consider some discipline-specific perspectives, with examples of how reflective and critical thinking skills can be applied within different academic and professional contexts.

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Welcome to Session 7. Let's briefly recap on the last two sessions before looking forward to what lies ahead. In Session 5, we looked at some fundamental skills needed for postgraduate study, how to search for information, evaluate sources, keep up to date, and be able to cite and reference sources appropriately. In Session 6, we also looked at issues related to copyright, intellectual property, and academic integrity, and explored ways in which group work and feedback can operate to support learning in an online, asynchronous environment.
In this, the penultimate session of the course, we turn our attention again to the topic of reflection, focusing this time on reflective writing and reflective practice, and provide you with examples of how critical and reflective thinking can be applied in different academic disciplines and professional contexts. We look at health and social care, business and management, education, and science.
In the final session, we conclude by considering some important barriers to critical thinking and prepare you to apply your critical thinking skills by comparing and evaluating arguments and perspectives on particular issues. By the end of Session 8, you should be suitably well-prepared and equipped with the necessary skills to be able to move on to and succeed in your postgraduate studies. Thanks for listening. You're all set to begin Session 7.
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Recap and overview of Sessions 7 and 8
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By the end of this session you should be able to:

  • use reflective writing and apply reflective practice within professional contexts
  • understand how critical and reflective thinking may be applied in different academic and professional contexts.
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