Reflective Practice Essay

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What you did, how you did it, why you did it, how you felt, what went well and what you would do differently. The oxford dictionary defines the meaning of reflect as “to think carefully and deeply about something.” Reflection is the personal examination of your own thoughts and actions; it is about thinking things over. Reflection is an important human activity in which people recapture their experience, think about it and evaluate it. When working in a Healthcare setting this means being conscious about how you interact with colleagues, clients and the environment. It means thinking about how you could have done something differently, what you did well, what you could have done better, how you could improve what you did. It also means reflecting on your own values, beliefs and experiences which shape your thoughts and ideas. I am responsible for providing an equal, non discriminatory and inclusive service to all individuals no matter what person’s personal beliefs and values may be. Reflective practice is exploring why and how you practice, thinking back over a situation or activity and then developing a different approach to gain insight into a new way of learning. There are many different roles of reflection: however in this essay I will be exploring three. The most commonly used model of reflection is Kolb’s learning style (1984). Kolb’s learning style is based on a four stage learning cycle. In this respect Kolb’s model is particularly elegant as it offers both a way to understand individual people’s different learning styles and also an explanation of a cycle of experiential learning that applies to us all. The Experiential Theory model outlines two related approaches toward grasping experience: Concrete Experience and Abstract Conceptualisation, as well as two related approaches toward transforming
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