"Reflective practice is the ability to reflect on one's actions so as to engage in a process of continuous learning"— Donald Schon
What Is Reflective Practice?
Reflective practice is a process used by leaders, managers, researchers, and those who work in professions like law, accountancy, healthcare, and architecture. It is a way to solve problems as by learning from real life experiences. Strategically ponder on encounters with others (e.g. peers, clients, friends), explore how these worked, and discover unexpected lessons and insights to expand your personal and professional life.
Over time many disciplines have advocated for the principles of reflective practice as part of continuous development. You can use reflective contemplation when learning, for example when you are thinking something you are reading or watching, or an experience you are going through. It is also really useful to expand who you are as a human being. It helps you to think about what you want to do next, reflect on your life and relationships, and identify unexpected learnings from the past and present as you step into the future.
Reflection is a very personal thing and different people define it in different ways. It is important to remember that there is no one 'right' way of explaining what reflection is, or how it is done. A lot depends on your own circumstances and context. Our aim is to provide you with suggestions so you can also become a reflective practitioner.
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People who make space for reflective practice are reflective beings. This is a great practice for anyone who wants to increase their self-awareness. It also helps you to understand others. Having a reflective practice enables you to develop deep creative and critical thinking skills.
It is part of the personal and professional development process for many. And is an excellent add-on for anyone in supervision, a coach, or someone seeking to understand themselves more.
With the right tools and a few minutes, anyone can be a reflective being.
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