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Conditions for reflection

You should be thinking about possible subjects and opportunities for reflective writing before and during your placements, not only after them.

Some conditions which can assist you to learn through reflection include:

  • Preparation – when you enter into a new experience, try to identify opportunities for reflection.
  • Understanding – you need to know what the goals and expectations of critical reflection are.
  • Time to stop and think.
  • A level of objectivity about yourself and the impact of your actions.
  • Honesty.
  • An open, non-defensive attitude to the experience.
  • A focus on the deeper levels of meaning – moral, ethical, social and/or professional issues (Branch & Paranjape, 2002) in addition to your emotional response.
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