Writing an academic reflection

Contact person info
Name of contact person: 
Cate O'Dwyer
Email of contact person: 
cate.odwyer@rmit.edu.au
Who are your partners?: 
Educational development staff
What is the rationale for this practice?: 
Perceived need by ALL staff
Perceived need by faculty staff
High demand from students
Language proficiency initiatives
What support exists for this practice? (Institutional or other): 
Teaching/learning management plan
What restrictions are there on this practice? (Institutional or other): 
Lack of agreement on what constitutes academic reflective writing and critical thinking
What are the strengths of this practice?: 

A step-by-step guide to writing reflectively about new learning; Encourages thinking about application of learning to future study and professional practice; Writing reflections encourages reflective thinking; Practice of the pattern encourages explicitness, which is useful in professional practice, employability and communication.

What are the weaknesses?: 

The strategy is quite prescriptive and more suitable to a beginning level of reflective practice; Requires annotated models from a range of disciplines.

What improvements (if any) would you like to make?: 

Models from across the university available on Learning Lab

What approaches/theories of language and/or learning underpin this practice?: 

Language as social practice;

Genre theory

Other publications/products arising from this practice? (Not already included in previous question): 

Online resources

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