Why Reflect?

It is the language of reflection that deepens our knowledge of who we are in relation to others in a community of learners.


Roger Schank (1991) points out the importance of stories in learning, that recalling and creating stories are part of learning. In fact, stories engage all parts of the brain; Zull points out that learning is deepest when it engages the most parts of the brain. Jennifer Moon, the most recent researcher on reflective practice, provides the following definition:

Reflection is a form of mental processing – like a form of thinking – that we use to fulfill a purpose or to achieve some anticipated outcome.  It is applied to relatively complicated or unstructured ideas for which there is not an obvious solution and is largely based on the further processing of knowledge and understanding and possibly emotions that we already possess (based on Moon 1999)

According to Fook-Askeland (2007) process of reflection helps us to develop our understanding more deeply and to make our intuitive knowledge shareable with others. It provides the opportunity to step back and take a look at what our work means to us and our communities. We reflect on our work, so that we can recognize our own intuitive understandings, develop them further, and explore new directions?

Process of reflection

“Every once in a while, encourage yourself and others to take a moment to reflect and make explicit what you have discovered in your work. Share this with others. Ask questions to understand experiences that you may have overlooked in your day-to-day work. By reflecting we can grow and develop our understanding more deeply, so that our work continues to improve the next time we roll through the design process (Fook-Askeland, pp. 8., 2007)”.

Fook, J. & Askeland. G. A. (2007). Challenges of Critical Reflection ‘Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained’. Social Work Education. Routledge

Moon, J. (1999) Reflection in Learning and Professional Development. London: Kogan Page.

Schank, R. (1991) Tell Me a Story: A New Look at Real and Artificial Memory. Atheneum


One thought on “Why Reflect?

  1. Great work Rose you really know what your talking about and you’ve backed it up with great evidence. The main problem I see is the sections feel out of sequence and there is limited connection to one section to another destroying the meaning and impact you have created. Can you change the sequence or/and maybe introduce an introduction and summary to give new readers a sense of direction and conclusion. If I didn’t know what we were doing and what the project was about I would been very confused but still amazed at the great content and I hope you achieve what your aiming to do It seams fun and a meaningful for all.

    Cheers Nick 🙂

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