Part 1 - Questions
1) Reflective practice can be defined as the habitual and judicious use of communication, knowledge, technical skills, reasoning, emotions, values and reflection in daily practice for the benefit of the individuals and communities being served. (Epstein, 2002). This means that one needs to consider continual learning and decisions in daily practice. One must also take a more critical look at what is being learnt and how this learning is used in practice. I believe reflective practice can be useful in my chosen career because I am learning constantly and must be aware of applying learning that is useful and efficient. I am always trying to do extra study in my personal life as well as formal education. Without taking a more personal approach and thinking critically it will be impossible to improve my learning and applying it to my everyday life, career and personal life. Working hard at retaining information and developing a critical insight into new concepts or theories, can help get myself to the next level as well as further education however I believe that I need not think that I have learned everything or that I know everything. Even if I am at some areas of study, there are still aspects that I need to improve on.
2) Reflective practice is different to what I do now in my profession because it views what is learnt and applied as not just what ‘is’ but makes the practitioner asks important questions about our habits and judgements when completing the learning process and applying it. It views the acquiescence of skills and knowledge critically but also our emotions, reasoning and logic to make observations. The result is better work because it improves the way that a learner thinks and challenges the reader to improve or take different views and perspectives before making sound judgements.
3) One resource that really resonated with me in terms of my future doctoral work was the e-book, The Craft of Research (2008). The book discusses the importance of looking at a problem from multiple viewpoints and evaluating multiple solutions for the same problem. Relying on just known evidence and previously tested approaches, may not provide the best solution. It is important as an independent and reflective doctor of education student, to evaluate and consider multiple approaches, answers, goals and objectives (Booth, p119). This source was invaluable in my progress because it helps me to look beyond just an answer to a question and to look at research critically once again. For example the author considers when research has been produced and the bias when using online sources. It challenged me to present evidence coherently and taught me how to stop drawing unsupportable conclusions for the audience I am writing to.
Part 2 – Comment on statements
Reflective Practice is the capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning. It pays critical attention to the practical values & theories which inform everyday actions, by examining practice reflectively and reflexively. This leads to development insight. (Wikipedia) My personal interpretation of this is that knowledge comes from continuing education, continuous learning and taking a more critical look and paying attention more towards what and how you are learning values and theories and then practicing this learned information.
I believe reflective practice can be useful to me because learning all the time is part of my job. I am always trying to take classes, seminars and to acquire more education. By taking a more personal and critical approach, I think I can and take my career to the next level. I can also apply reflective practice in my everyday life, career and personal life. Learning and working hard at retaining information and developing a different insight to new concepts and theories will make me a better reflective practitioner in many aspects of life. I believe that I need not think I have learned everything or that I know everything because even if I am at my best there are still aspects of my work like critical thinking that need to be worked on before taking me to the next step of my career.
Reflective practice means completing a self-assessment about your personal decisions and ideas (Stephens, 2014). Self-reflection is useful because it allows you to learn from your past experiences and to use this information to solve other problems (Devenny & Duffy, 2014). I currently use self-reflection to process and learn from my experiences. After learning more about reflective practice this week, I have been taking even more time in self-reflection, looking at my emotional responses and the problems that I need to solve in my work. One resource that really resonated with me in terms of my future doctoral work was the e-book The Craft of Research (2008). The book discusses the importance of looking at a problem from multiple viewpoints and evaluating multiple solutions for the same problem.
Booth, W., Colomb, G., & Williams, J. (2008). The Craft of Research (3rd ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press..
Devenny, B., & Duffy, K. (2014). Person-Centered Reflective Practice. Nursing Standard, 28(28), 37-43.
Epstein, R., & Hundert, E. (2002). Defining and Assessing Professional Competence (2nd ed., Vol. 287, pp. 226-235). JAMA.
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Stephens, M. (2014). Reflective Practice. Library Journal, 139(1), 52. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.library.capella.edu/docview/1473534831?accountid=27965