Reflective Learning

January 2017 Exam Timetables are now available here:

As an update to a previous post on this please note there is a newer and more often updated free desktop publishing software known as Libreoffice. Not everyone has or can afford Microsoft Office but there are plenty of free packages out there that do much the same as Microsoft office and are similarly easy to use. You can get a free office suite of programs from many companies and organisations but one of my favourites is Libre Office. Select the version open office for your system here:

The VARK questionnaire can help you explore what type of learner you are. The VARK was developed by Neil Fleming back in 1987. It can identify which sensory modality a learner has a preference for. The four modalities are:

  1. Visual learning
  2. Auditory learning
  3. Read/write learning
  4. Kinesthetic (touch and feel) learning

Originally people could identify their primary preferred form of learning but nowadays we recognise that learners can be a combination of two forms. The VARK can help people with identifying not only their learning strengths but also in identifying their weaknesses thus enabling them to focus more on any areas they may struggle with.

Take the questionnaire yourself at the link below:

The document at the link below is to a guide to writing reflective journals. It gives examples of what a reflective journal is and is not.

Reflective Learning

Courtesy DCU

The links below shows two models of reflective learning. They are essentially “cheat sheets” to help you in your reflection process. They pose questions for each stage of the particular model which you should ask of yourself in reflecting on the particular event.

Borton’s Model of reflective practice

Gibb’s model of reflective practice

There are many models of reflective practice and while they all are different they still have the same theme of “identify an event”, “reflect upon the event and why it was important to you, “decide what you want to do in future”. You can find a summary of them here. You can also find out a lot of information on discipline specific reflective practice and reflective learning by clicking here and here.