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Reflection on Practice (40 credits at level HE5)

Understanding the rationale for reflective practice and the range of approaches. Building your competence and confidence to identify critical incidents in your workplace, create reflective commentary and propose actions so that reflection in the work setting becomes habitual.

40 credits at level HE5


Central to this will be a well-established use of the learning journal using a broader range of entries and multiple levels of reflection. Ambiguities or anomalies are accounted for as part of a learning journey in the stitching of the patchwork media.

Addressing the wider contextual issues which affect your work-practice and using evidence to justify proposed changes.


Content will be largely determined by the student researcher when relating their focus for inquiry in the work-context to the intended learning outcomes for the module. It is expected that this content will be inter-disciplinary in nature and draw on academic and professional sources including work-colleagues and online community experience and know-how. In addition, specific topics common to the professional theme of the course and other topics relating to the knowledge about action inquiry will be identified and supported by experts participating in hot-seat discussions, where student researchers ask questions and experts respond.

All resources required for the delivery of the module will be available online. In addition, learners will identify resources in the workplace, in libraries, and online that is relevant to their own inquiry.

Topics that may be encountered include:

  • A range of different approaches to reflective practice • Double Loop learning
  • Governing variables
  • Methods of data collection


Learning will be supported through an online community of inquiry where student researchers, course staff and invited ‘experts’ will engage in discussions, debates and group activities to explore key concepts, ideas, relevant topics and offer moral support.

Student researchers are expected to develop study habits which enable learning and contribute to assessment through:

  • personal reflection in a learning log;
  • regular participation in the online community and
  • creative reporting to form a 'patchwork' for assessment.

Student researchers will:

  • identify a focus for their inquiry around issues or opportunities to take action for improvement that they have identified in their work practice; • plan an inquiry with learning activities that address each of the intended learning outcomes of the module;
  • undertake their inquiry and share selected parts with student researchers for critical feedback;
  • for each learning activity, create a product for assessment in the student researcher' choice of genre and media;
  • evaluate the inquiry;

Learning facilitators will:

  • promote community discussion on potential focii for inquiry;
  • privately agree student researcher commitment to inquiry proposals;
  • draw out issues arising in inquiries for community discussion;
  • model critical feedback in the online community;
  • make summative assessment of student researchers' work, noting strong points and points to consider with targets for improvement.

Assessment will be through an e-portfolio of work which will address each of the learning outcomes. It will include a summative commentary identifying the individual student researchers learning in relation to the intended learning outcomes for the module in a coherent account of their learning journey.


Learning Outcomes

When you have successfully completed this module you will:

Assessment Criteria

to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:

1. Review literature on the research into and the theories of reflective practice  Describe the theories of reflective practice referring to the literature and your work experience
2.  Confidently employ reflective practice in your work practice Log several critical incidents in your learning journal, make reflective commentary and identify appropriate actions

Critique the context in which you carry out your work practice

Make entries in your learning journal which discuss the influence of the wider context of your work practice
4. Formulate conclusions and recommendations from your reflections Propose new actions, including changes to the organisational context, supported using evidence from your action inquiry and your learning journal.


Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:

Patchwork media: an assessment e-portfolio of learning activities with a summative commentary identifying learning achieved related to intended learning outcomes.


  • Bolton, G. (2001 ‘Reflective Practice: writing and professional development’, Sage
  • Moon, J. (2004) 'A Handbook of Reflective and Experiental Learning: Theory and Practice', RoutledgeFalmer
  • Moon, J. (1999) 'Learning Journals: A Handbook for Academics, Students and Professional Development', Kogan Page
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