Reflective Writing: What is it?

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Martin Hampton (2010) describes that “reflective writing is evidence of reflective thinking. In an academic context, reflective thinking usually involves:
1 Looking back at something (often an event, i.e. something that happened, but it could also
be an idea or object).
2 Analysing the event or idea (thinking in depth and from different perspectives, and trying to
explain, often with reference to a model or theory from your subject).
3 Thinking carefully about what the event or idea means for you and your ongoing progress
as a learner and/or practising professional.”

Reflective writing can be expressed as both academic and/or informal writing. Therefore the style of writing could take many forms including peer reflections, diary journal, or personal reflections.


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