Reflection is an essential and an analytical practice which revolves around self evaluation of a certain event or a specific aspect (Coleman & Willis, 2015). To reflect appropriately, Gibbs Reflective Cycle has been used as a method to analyse the situation and effectively produce a report (Husebø, O'Regan & Nestel, 2015).
Gibbs Reflective Cycle
Description and Feelings
While working on the project for clinical placement, there were several elements or causes which failed me in meeting the project criteria. The first cause is improper use of language and grammar . I failed to use effective and necessary language constraint in the project that could have enhanced clarity in my writing. Another cause was relevance as data I used seemed to be correct, but its relevancy did not meet the project requirements. Failure of critical evaluating the facts was another important cause of not meeting the criteria.
As for feelings, acceptance of failure, honesty in anticipating need of improvement and focus on development are essential to meet the project criteria effectively. These feelings would be constructive and required to overcome the situation and ensure scholarly success.
Evaluating an event does give insight to what went right or wrong based on the outcome of the event (Schön, 2017). Not meeting the criteria was negative as it aroused feeling of discouragement in achieving desired results. However, failure in meeting the criteria gave me an insight of all those skills which are essential to improve academic writing. Another positive element is that it has provided me another chance of working on my shortcomings and focusing ways to develop competence in writing.
Analysis and Conclusion
Through evaluation it is clearly evident, that various skills are important to be developed to enhance my scholarly aptitude. Working on factors that could enhance the same would be beneficial to appropriately enhancing skills necessary for academic writing. There are various aspects which could help me in improving factors which were causes of professionals criteria being unmet. For Grammar, I must take up training sessions to develop my writing skills. To enhance Critical Evaluation Skills, several conferences and seminars could prove as a viable strategy for enhancing this aptitude. Relevance could be enhanced by better research and effective analysis of the topic under question which is very important to present relevant information in my writing. All these strategies are important enough for me to excel my academic writing and professional career.
It is crucial and utmost important in my perspective to work in enhancing skills which lack in my writing to ensure a consistent growth in the future (Gaus, 2017).
According to Harrison, 2015, consistent training and benchmarking enhances efficiency in use of grammar. Various aspects such as punctuation, tenses, adjectives, etc. could be applied in a better manner using training.
As per the views of Wallace & Wray, 2016, conferences could be used appropriately for enhancing critical reading as well as writing. Listening to spokespersons who have excelled in these skills would help me in identifying loopholes as well as techniques which could be best used for critical evaluation.
In accordance with views of Harland, 2016, it is extremely important that effective research be held to carry out authenticated information for academic writing. In order to develop aptitude in relevance, it is essential to learn methods for effective research.
All these methods and action plan is very important for me to excel in my work as well as professional writing. Moreover, enhancing these skills would be making me competent enough for accomplishing future projects effectively (Hosein and Rao, 2017).
Thus, it can be concluded that reflection helps in evaluating the root causes and techniques which could enhance personal and professional skills for effective future.
Books and Journals
- Coleman, D. & Willis, D.S. (2015). Reflective writing: The student nurse's perspective on reflective writing and poetry writing. Nurse education today. 35(7). pp.906-911.
- Gaus, N. (2017). Selecting research approaches and research designs: a reflective essay. Qualitative Research Journal. 17(2). 99-112.
- Harland, T. (2016). Teaching to enhance research. Higher Education Research & Development. 35(3). pp.461-472.
- Harrison, J. (2015). The English grammar profile. English Profile in Practice, English Profile Studies. 5. pp.28-48.
- Hosein, A. and Rao, N., 2017. Students’ reflective essays as insights into student centred-pedagogies within the undergraduate research methods curriculum. Teaching in Higher Education. 22(1). pp.109-125.
- Husebø, S. E., O'Regan, S., & Nestel, D. (2015). Reflective practice and its role in simulation. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 11(8). 368-375.
- Schön, D.A., 2017. The reflective practitioner: How professionals think in action. Routledge.
- Wallace, M. & Wray, A. (2016). Critical reading and writing for postgraduates. Sage.