Reflection in Learning – The Macquarie student perspective: How do you reflect?

Reflection in Learning – The Macquarie student perspective: How do you reflect?


So I had a field diary and I had a reflective diary. I reflected back in my reflective diary, my own kind of personal experiences and just little notes, and then group discussions, I was in a group of four, so we would sit down and [??] at time basically every evening and just kind of reflect back. Because there were so many people and interesting things to see we didn’t all get a chance to speak to the same people, so it was useful that we kind of could share our knowledge and our experiences and reflect together. Interviewer: Did you find that it was really helpful to have peers with you? Yes, really, yeah, really, really helpful but a lot of the time we were all off doing our own things and it was hard to kind of all speak to the same people and it was kind of off-putting for the tour operators when we were all bombarding them with questions, so it was good that we could individually just do our own thing and then come back and talk about it in the evening and reflect about it. I always carried around a note pad. I was always writing things down whenever I could, but mainly was talking things through with myself or talking things through with the partners who were on the trip. I found that that was especially useful because it helped get the issues out of just of your head and get some feedback on them and that kind of opens your understanding of things. I’d find my points of tension during the trip and I’d go back and I’d kind of think about what was the context of that situation, like whether I was having difficulty reading an article, whether I had a really difficult conversation with somebody, I’d go back and I’d try and find what the tension was around that and then I’d kind of think about how I dealt with it and how I could deal with it better. But then also how that reflects more broadly on my personality and obviously I found it stressful for a reason and I find that those like more difficult situations are the ones that are more telling to me so, they are the ones that I remembered so, when I’m far away [laughter] from the scary situations and come home and think about it and so on. We basically got the unit outline and that had a set of questions every week that we would answer which gave us an idea of what direction we needed to head in to reflect, so we would submit an online reflective journal every fortnight, so I would write up a sequence and I usually would jot notes during my work time so I wouldn’t forget important events that had occurred and I would just try and relate that experience to my Masters Degree and I found it was, the idea was to translate your practical work into a written form and then it would make you realise what you had achieved in that fortnight. What I used was the on-line reflective journals, that was set by the university and apart from that what I used for this reflective activity was some notes that I have from work, some memories, experiences that I had — memories. I would sit down and began to re-think what I had done and then put it on the reflective journals, on-line reflective journals. Also I was able to apply some of the uni knowledge into the reflection as well.

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