critical reflection

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Feedback offers focus beyond the grade received and coupled with the skill of reflection, action to praise ourselves and continue performing our strengths whilst improving our weaknesses, is granted (Schon, 1991). Utilising Gibb’s (1998) reflective model, this assignment produces critical reflection on feedback from my presentation and other sources. The task of producing a presentation on our learning process is one which significantly challenged me to use and develop my reflection skills. As stated in my presentation I did not understand why a whole module was needed for reflection and therefore struggled to construct my presentation. Thinking about what I did not like, what I did, what I had not done well and what I had, seemed fairly easy. However throughout creating my presentation and reflecting on feedback, I have realised it is how I engage with these questions and use them into more critical thinking of what, and how I can improve in the future that is key (Knott & Scragg, 2010). Previously, I solely focused on feedback expressing my weaknesses and how I could improve, however now I realise that not taking sufficient notice of what I did well, will not support me in replicating. I aim to focus on all aspects of my feedback in the future, as positive comments will enhance my confidence and motivation. Feedback from my first assignment stated to ‘consult referencing guidelines’. By taking action on this I ensured I used the guidelines in future assignments, taking time to reference and ensure I had done it correctly. Future feedback showed that I had utilised this feedback well as my referencing was commented to be ‘outstanding’, see appendix one for exact comments. I now have the guidelines beside me each time I do assi... ... middle of paper ... ...2002). Previously I have found feedback challenging in that it criticises my hard work, however through reflecting on not only what is being said, but to build greater understanding of what it means for me to improve, I now see feedback as a valuable aid in my development. Feedback provides me with perspectives, not only limited to my own and when reflected upon and discussed, clarity, to which I feel motivated to develop (Kirkland & Manoogian, 1998). In conclusion, reflecting upon feedback proves an opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses, which when utilised effectively, is fundamental to make improvements and develop understanding. In relation to social work, feedback coupled with reflection can be a powerful impetus to effective future practice and therefore crucial to continuously act upon now as a student studying for such role (Knott & Scragg, 2010).
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