Reflective practice helps you to improve and develop. It involves deliberately analysing your experiences and actions.
The most notable benefits are:
There are different approaches to reflective practice. One way to engage in reflective practice is to ask guiding questions. In the context of a recent event, ask yourself:
You can also engage in reflective practice through reflective writing, which can take various forms.
The reflective cycle is a process that guides reflective practice through the following steps:
There are three main types of reflection:
Self-distancing may be beneficial to help in the reflection process.
A shared reflective activity can take various forms, such as discussing your experiences with other people or having someone with expertise ask you guiding questions to help you reflect.
A shared reflective practice can be beneficial as a group might help to identify more issues that individuals would fail to notice. But the process can also be more stressful for shy people.
Once you've done this, create an environment conducive to reflective practice while keeping in mind that different people will benefit from different approaches. For example, some people may benefit from having someone helping them through each stage of the reflection cycle, while others may do it independently.
Two concepts that are considered in relation to reflective practice are:
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