Your learning and practice at GSA involves not only making work, but reflecting on the work you have made in order to develop it. Reflective thinking comes into explaining your work and journal writing. Thinking reflectively is also valuable for other aspects of your course, such as academic writing.
What is reflection?
Reflection is the examination of our own actions and experiences in order to learn from them.
One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one’s mind, pours them into a basin, and examines them at one’s leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links when they are in this form.”– JK Rowling, The Goblet of Fire (London: Bloomsbury, 1999).
To reflect is to think critically, to ask questions and make judgements, about something you have done. Reflection is about examining your experience, observing what is important, what causes certain effects, and what is connected. The purpose of this is to arrive at general principles that can be applied to new situations.
See our page on a model for reflective thinking.