Reflect on Your Status as a Professional in the Lifelong Learning Sector

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Reflect on your status as a professional in the Lifelong Learning Sector and how you manage your professional roles and responsibilities. Show how you have used theories of Reflective Practice to identify a specific area for development in your subject specialist teaching. Based on your own research into the subject specialism, design a new activity/ session that will engage and challenge your learners. Implement this activity/session with one group of learners and then evaluate its success and limitations. In this essay I will provide a definition for what Reflection is and an understanding of the concept of both professionalism and dual professionalism. I will reflect on my own reflection process and my roles and responsibilities as a professional in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Finally I will evaluate three models of reflective practice and use those models to develop a part of my subject specialist teaching. When discussing how reflective practice can be used to inform Continuous Personal Development (CPD), changes to subject teaching or to create a sense of professionalism, it is important to first have a useable definition of what reflective practice is; the etymology of reflection comes from the Latin reflectere which means, ‘to bend back’, meaning a remark made after turning back one’s thought on the subject, and dates from the 17th Century. Available: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=reflection Last accessed 25th Nov 2012. or to use the lyrics of Michael Jackson; ‘If you want to make the world, a better place, take a look at yourself, and make a change.’ Michael Jackson (2012). Man in the Mirror. Bad 25th Anniversary Edition: EMI. Though here it would be a metaphorical mirror, Geoff Petty (2009, p. 336) refers to the learning process as cyclic and indefinite and this is true of many views of reflective practice, a cyclical process,

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