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CILIP Professional Registration - Library Support Group: Reflective Writing

What is Reflective Writing?

Reflective writing is evidence of reflective thinking. Reflective thinking usually involves:

  1. Looking back at something (often an event, i.e. something that happened, but it could also be an idea or object).
  2. Analysing the event or idea (thinking in depth and from different perspectives, and trying to explain, often with reference to a model or theory from your subject).
  3. Thinking carefully about what the event or idea means for you and your ongoing progress as a learner and/or practising professional.

Reflective writing is thus more personal than other kinds of academic writing. We all think reflectively in everyday life, of course, but perhaps not to the same depth as that expected in good reflective writing .

Taken from -  Reflective writing: a basic introduction (University of Portsmouth, UK)

The Reflective Cycle

How to Write Reflectively

When you write reflectively, you can use the three W's:

  • What? (description)
What happened?
Who was involved?
  • So what? (interpretation)
What is most important/interesting/relevant/ useful aspect of the event/idea/situation?
How can it be explained?
How is it similar to/different from others?
  • What next? (outcome)
What have I learned?
How can it be applied in the future?

Reflective Writing - Guides

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