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Reflection in the Work Setting 1 (30 credits at level HE4)

This module introduces the concept of systematic and critical reflection. You will explore your role in your work place by reflecting on specific critical instances that provide an opportunity for learning - what, when, and why you do things and how you this affects you and those around you.

Module Description

You will learn about models of reflective practice and use some of these models to critically reflect upon ‘critical incidents’ that you identify in your workplace.

Module content will be appropriate to individuals in their work setting and will be supported by learning facilitators who will help students identify appropriate methodology in order to achieve the module outcomes.

This is a web delivered distance learning module. Students will need to have access to the internet to access learning resources, participate in the online learning community and submit their electronic portfolio for assessment.

All key resources will be available online. In addition many key resources will be work context specific and defined during the planning of the learning activities, with the support of the learning facilitator to take account of the student’s work context.

Outline Content

  • Explore different models and processes of reflective practice;
  • Identify ‘critical incidents’ from your workplace;
  • Reflect upon these critical incidents using different media and genre;
  • Identify your learning from the reflection and evaluate the impact of this on your practice.

Learning Outcomes (threshold statements)


On successful completion of this module the student will be expected to be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

1. demonstrate an understanding of the theories of reflective practice;

2. identify significant experiences (critical incidents) in the workplace;

Intellectual, practical, affective and transferable skills

3. construct reflective commentaries based on critical incidents;

4. evaluate the impact of reflection on their work practice;

5. consider the value of reflection as a learning process.

Ket Text/Literature

Terrell, I (2003) ‘A Tour Through Reflection’, Ultralab

Bolton, G. (2001 ‘Reflective Practice: writing and professional development’, Sage

Schon, D. (1987) ‘Educating the Reflective Practitioner’, Jossey-Bass

Schon, D. (1983) ‘The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action’, Basic Books

Pollard, A. (2002) ‘Reflective Teaching: Effective and Evidence Informed Professional Practice’ Continuum
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