1.1 Explain what is meant by reflective practice
Reflection is a process that one replays an experience over in their mind and they actively and carefully evaluate it. It is suggested that reflection involves three aspects; returning to the experience in your mind, connecting to feelings (helpful ones to be used, unhelpful to be removed or contained) and evaluating and re-examining through the eyes of knowledge and desired goals. Edgar Schon who studied and wrote much on reflection described two main ways of reflecting, one whilst in action and one whilst after the event has occurred. Reflection in action allows the practitioner to evaluate and change what he/she is doing whilst they are doing it, highly effective but many do not possess the skill to do this. Reflection on action is as described above where one contemplates in retrospect. Reflection is largely about self development t as it adds to your knowledge and also challenges beliefs and concepts that you may hold. Reflection is only effective if one follows through with action.
1.2 Analyse the rationale for reflective practice
It is human nature that we generally learn from experience, once we have had and experience we naturally observe and reflect on it, through this we form concepts/beliefs and then we test this out in new situations, this goes round in circles each time our view/concepts are being changed as we experience new things. In this cycle self-observation and evaluation helps to understand one’s own actions and to refine one’s practice on an ongoing basis for the benefits of the communities being served. It helps individuals become aware of the theories and motives behind their delivery and highlight areas that they can take steps to develop.
1.3 Examine methods that support effective reflective practice
There are many different frameworks that have been established for effective reflection all vary slightly as they come from different individuals with their own...