Writing Reflectively for Others

When producing reflective writing that your peers, tutors or other audiences may read, you will need to consider the purpose of this and tailor your reflections accordingly.Picture22

If you are engaged in ongoing reflective writing for yourself then this task will be easier as you may only have to edit or expand on what you have already written.

Here are some examples of types of reflective writing you might do as part of your course and how you might approach this differently for different purposes:

  • Project Process Journals: professionally presented documents, with emphasis on problem solving and consideration of how your designs will be used, and less information on your feelings about the work.
  • Assessment Self-Evaluations: your reflections should consider how you have responded to the learning outcomes for your course.
  • Reflective Blog Entries: you will usually only present a selection of blog entries, and so you will have to read through your entries and decide which best demonstrate key learning developments and your ability to critically reflect.
  • Critical Journals involve reflective writing, but are also pieces of extended academic writing, and as such you will need to relate your reflections to relevant theory and wider contexts. You will have to make use of referencing and adhere to some conventions of academic style.
  • Project or Practice-based Research Theses again may involve an element of reflective writing in terms of your intentions for the project, your evaluation, evidence of problem solving and consideration of how your work will be viewed and used.
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For more guidance on reflective writing, see our Map for Reflective Writing .





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