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Need help to write a 2000 words reflective writing on the current MBA module, professional development. Please find the module information, assignment brief and sample for reflective writings. Ref in harvard style.



    Reflective writing

    What is reflective writing?

    Reflection involves looking back and evaluating your actions,

    in light of the relevant literature in your subject, with a view to

    improving your practice, task or analysis.


    Note: Concepts of ‘reflection’ may vary among disciplines but

    you will usually be asked to write a reflective essay where

    relatively complex (often practical) tasks are concerned.


    The purpose of reflective writing is to interrogate your own

    learning and demonstrate the ability to apply theory or

    conceptual processes to your practice or task in a meaningful

    way. Whether you’re training to be a health specialist, a

    lawyer, a scientist, a business person, an engineer, a teacher,

    a historian or any other professional, you will be expected to

    be a reflective practitioner. This means questioning your

    everyday practice and implementing new knowledge gained

    through this reflection in your job/research/study.


    Elements of a reflective essay

    As with any essay, it is important that you consult your brief

    for specific guidelines, but usually, a reflective essay:

     demonstrates your familiarity with relevant literature

     shows ability to think critically and evaluate the existing


     makes connections between the literature and your

    experience (practical tasks)

     reflects on your practice/experience and creates deeper


     understands how aspects of your practice are relevant to

    the literature

     values your experience, shows how you learn from it and

    makes recommendations for future action/practice

    In this guide:

     Purpose of reflective writing

     Elements of a reflective essay

     Differences between a

    standard undergraduate essay

    and a reflective essay

     Tips for a great reflective

    essay and examples




    Your notes:


    theory practice analysis




    issue identified

    relevant literature


    relevant practice/


    reflection on practice

    vis-a-vis literature

    The reflective cycle

    A reflective cycle such as this one (compare with

    Gibbs. 1988) can be used to develop each point or

    in each paragraph: introduce the identified issue,

    refer critically to theory/literature, provide

    examples from practice, comment on the

    relevance of the experience to the literature, and

    show the implications, so you can move on to the

    next point.

    Note: Alternatively, you can begin with an example from

    your practice and use the cycle to reflect on it and refer

    back to the literature. Both approaches can be used in the

    reflective essay, as appropriate.



    Basic differences between a standard essay and a reflective essay

    Standard essay Reflective essay

    Subject A research problem-oriented analysis; an

    often abstract and theoretical discussion

    of a specific topic.

    A less specified and often self-selected

    discussion of your own practice/experience

    with relation to the existing literature.

    Evidence External. Uses primary sources and data

    largely created by others.

    Uses primary sources created by others

    (documents, data, etc.) as well as yourself

    (your own observations).

    Voice An impersonal and objective discussion,

    written in the third person.

    Often asks for your own perspective; usually

    written in the first person.

    Knowledge Shows familiarity with the existing

    scholarship on the subject.

    Combines scholarship and your original

    points derived from the task or experience.

    Introduction Introduces concepts and outlines an


    Introduces concepts and indicates how they

    relate to own experience or learning.

    Conclusion Relatively predictable. Draws the various

    threads of the discussion together.

    May focus on the personal learning points.

    Often includes recommendations for future


    Referencing Often a mix of primary and secondary


    References to literature and own primary

    sources (notes from practice).

    Bibliography/ Reference List

    Formatted in the style appropriate in your


    Formatted in the style appropriate in your


    Fig.: The reflective cycle (adopted from Burns and Sinfield)




    Good notes

    Keep a journal and record interesting

    things that happen in your practice/task –

    they will become your database of

    examples. Comment on them and try to

    reflect as you go. This is your private

    record and usually will not be assessed.


    Think what topics/problems interest you

    most in your subject and decide in what

    ways they are relevant to your



    Use the past tense when writing about

    your experience (‘I felt’) and present

    tense when referring to the literature

    (‘Smith suggests’).

    Tips for a great reflective essay




    Consult your module reading list and

    choose a combination of books and

    journal articles that will allow you to get

    familiar with the most recent and relevant

    literature on the subject.

    When reading literature, make notes on

    the recurring themes and points of

    disagreement. They will be very useful

    when reviewing the existing theories.


    Think strategically: plan your essay,

    stagger your reading, schedule any

    necessary meetings (with tutor, peers,

    team members, librarian, etc.).

    Be constructive

    Your critical assessment of

    practice/experience does not imply

    focussing on the negatives. While

    questioning your choices, try to stand

    back, consider alternative viewpoints and

    demonstrate how you can learn from the

    experience, both good and bad.


    Recognise your emotions and feelings

    with regard to the task/practice and

    consider their role and influence. BUT:

    refrain from venting your frustrations;

    again, be constructive.

    Go deep

    Go beyond mere description and use the

    critical thinking model to develop a

    deeper analysis. Limit description to

    elements that need reflective comment.


    Keep an open mind about what you have

    learned from your practice/experience.

    Remember that not everything has to be

    immediately ‘useful’. Try to demonstrate a

    sense of journey – intellectual,

    professional, personal – gained in the




    Example 1

    The role of the community health team I was part of in this task was to offer the most

    appropriate package of care for the patient after her release from the hospital. It was important

    to ensure that the patient’s independence was maintained (Foster, 2014) while providing the

    best support in terms of safety and nutrition (NHS England, 2015). I found the home visit

    slightly uncomfortable as it was difficult for me to strike a balance between showing care and

    not being too imposing. Instead of talking so much I could have focussed more on listening

    and encouraging the patient to express her preferences. Next time I will try to be more

    receptive to the patient’s wishes and concerns.

    Example 2

    The experience of working on producing a historical film has shaken my faith in history as an

    objective and detached record of the past, in the most classic Rankean sense (Green and

    Troup, 1999). Elements of subjectivity constantly challenged my commitment to telling the

    ‘truth’ and I spent a lot of time getting frustrated and writing angry rants in my journal. I felt like

    we were ‘just playing’ and couldn’t appreciate the larger truths I was in fact discovering in the

    process. Having read Rosenstone’s (1995) take on the role of film in history, however, I found

    the exercise a really good way to understand how history is told. I wish I had approached the

    task with a more open mind. This may have resulted in a much better film.

    Examples of reflective writing:


    And finally… Remember that the reflective essay is a unique piece of academic writing in that it

    involves a level of self-disclosure. This allows you to personalise it and make it more interesting!


    Reference list

    Brockbank, A. and McGill, I. (1998) Facilitating Reflective Learning in Higher Education. Philadelphia: Open University Press.

    Burns, T. and Sinfield, S. (2008) Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide to Success at University. (2 nd

    ed.) London: Sage.

    Moon, J. (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice. London and NY: Routledge Falmer.

    Shön, D. (1987) Educating the Reflective Practitioner. London: Jossey-Bass.


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