Reflective Practitioner

Reflective practitioners endeavour to consciously examine their experiences; actions and practice with the view to learning from critical consideration of those same actions. Through the reflective process they have the ability to both investigate and review their professional practice and understand their professional efficacy.

  1. Why is this graduate attribute important?
  2. Ideas for incorporating into module or programme

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Why is this graduate attribute important?

Reflection can often bring learning into focus for Graduates. It allows them to translate their skills into real world. Reflection provides students with a personal awareness of their Knowledge; it can integrate learning across modules and provide students with professional confidence. Crucially by applying the knowledge learned through reflection they can clearly articulate to future employers their skills and expertise. They also begin to understand their own professional perspective and personal efficacy.

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Ideas for incorporating into module or programme

Some case study ideas linking skills development to specific learning outcomes are provided below.

Active learning

A Student Learning with Communities project involves DIT staff and/or students collaborating with underserved community partners (local groups, not-for-profit organisations, charities etc.) to develop real-life projects for mutual benefit. Learning comes alive for the students as they work on these projects with community partners, developing professional transferable skills, and enhancing their understanding of their specialist subject skills and of the community they work with.

Interested in finding out more? RAFT case study, Science

Example Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students have an opportunity to develop the skills of self-reflection and self-management. 
  2. Student are provided an opportunity to collaborate with peers and develop their team working skills 
  3. Students are provided an opportunity to collaborate with communities and develop their professional capacity

Real-life practice

Graduates will be the future leaders in their professions. As policy is the framework for professional practice it is important that students engage with critiquing current policy and considering and developing new policy.

Interested in finding out more? RAFT case study, Social Sciences

Example Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrates the connection between policy and professional practice
  2. Students are encouraged to examine and critique current policy
  3. Students are encouraged to select a personal perspective in the delivery of their professional practice

Learning Contracts

A learning contract is an agreement negotiated between a learner and a supervisor to ensure that certain activities will be undertaken in order to achieve an identified learning goal, specific evidence will be produced to demonstrate that goal has been reached.

Interested in finding out more? RAFT case study

Example Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students have an opportunity to develop the skills of self-reflection and self-management. 
  2. Students identify their learning goals and needs thus increasing their focus on the subject.

Reflective blogging

Reflection is our ability to extrapolate learning from one situation and gain insight by applying it to others. When we reflect, we consider deeply something which we might not otherwise have given much thought to. This helps us to learn. In the context of work placement reflective blogging can contribute to the development of critical self-awareness.

Interested in finding out more? RAFT case study

Example Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate evidence of a range of employability skills gained through their work placement.
  2. Reflect critically on the learning occasioned by their work placement 
  3. Communicate a critical self-awareness 
  4. Student are provided an opportunity to discuss professional practice with their peers

Group Debate

Collaboration and teamwork through the format of a formal debate. The topic is set on an area within the programmes discipline. Students are put into teams and given a detailed brief. Formal debate rules guide the process.

Interested in finding out more? RAFT case study

Example Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develops personal confidence skills and the ability to develop and present arguments
  2. Student are provided an opportunity to collaborate with peers and develop their team working skills

Reflective Journals

The reflective learning journal provides a template for the participant to consider learning events related to the programme learning, what they learned from the event, and their consideration of how this may affect their practice in the future.

Interested in finding out more? RAFT Case Study - Reflective Learning Journals

Example Learning Outcomes:

  1. Reflect critically on the learning and professional competency 
  2. Communicate a critical self-awareness

Reports

Reports can often bring theory from the classroom to real world application. Whether through Industry projects, policy, or community and work placement, reports can integrate learning across modules and provide students with a professional confidence. By applying their knowledge they can clearly articulate to future employers their skills and expertise. They also begin to understand their own professional perspective and personal efficacy.

Interested in finding out more? RAFT Case Study - Reports

Example Learning Outcomes

  1. Students engage in real world situations using their professional skills to assess or solves a problem
  2. Develops personal confidence skills and the ability to develop and present strategies
  3. Develops students ability to articulate their professional skills to employers

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