“Effective learning does not follow from a positive experience but from effective reflection”

Objective: What have you learned from reflecting on this particular quote? What has caught your attention?

After researching the quote I have learned that “Reflection is a cognitive process” (Merriam et al, p 145). Reflection allows the learner to think about the experience, recognize their feelings from the experience and arrive at a conclusion from the experience. This reflection can occur solitary or in a group setting. Mezirow believes there are three types of reflection, content reflection (experience), process reflection (problem-solving), and premise reflection (assumptions, beliers and values) (Merriam et al, p 145). Some believe that reflective learners are better learners, as they seek out opportunities to increase their learning.

Reflective: What did you realize about teaching as a result of this quote?

As an Educator I will be required to challenge the learner to engage in reflection. To do this effectively, I must be non-judgmental, provide a safe trusting environment, promote equal participation from the learners, and evaluate the session. (Facilitating Reflection) The learner reflects on the knowledge acquired, skill learned, or an experience encountered. Reflection can occur through many forms. It may be through class activities, journal writing, essays, social media, portfolios, group discussions or case studies. Reflection often leads to goal setting for the learner. An example that I use in my classroom, is that I have students develop a learning plan at the beginning of the module. After each evaluation they are required to revise their learning plan. This encourages the student to reflect on the results of the evaluation, including their strengths and deficits. It assists the student to set goals for their learning.

Interpretive: What was your “Aha!” moment when you read this quote? In what way(s) did the quote change your mind about being an adult educator? What was one key insight that you now have as a result of this quote?

One key insight that I learned from reflecting on this quote is “reflection is the vehicle for critical analysis, problem-solving, synthesis of opposing ideas, evaluation, identifying patterns and creating meaning” (TAP into Learning). Reflective learning helps learners to develop critical thinking skills. All of these components are an essential to nurses in their practices. By incorporating reflective learning in the classroom for nursing students, they will develop a better understanding how the knowledge learned can be applied to practice. An example would be a group activity (case scenario) on the material discussed. The “Aha” moment for me when I read the quote was that the learning occurs from reflection. As an educator I need to recognize the occurrence of effectivereflection by the student. Since I have started the Provincial Instructor’s Diploma Program I have incorporated a lot of reflective exercises into my teaching. The response received from my students in regards to these activities has been very positive

Decisional: How has this quote and the insight that you have gained from reflecting upon it, influenced your notion of teaching or how you will teach in the future?

Reflection is an ongoing process that the person engages in several times throughout the day. It often involves thoughts, feelings, or emotions. During this process the person often questions the what, when, why, and how when reflecting. Reflective thinking is developed over time. As an educator I need to include reflective exercises into my classroom. When assigning a reflective activity or exercise I need to ensure to provide positive feedback. Educators can also provide probes that will engage the learner to engage in further reflection on the topic or discussion. This could be accomplished by asking questions, to engage the student if further reflection. Example, by asking “What if” or “How” questions. “Reflection is a form of mental processing that is used to fulfill a purpose or achieve an outcome” (Reflection for Learning). Reflection leads to critical thinking which is an essential part of nursing practice to achieve the best outcomes for the client.


Becoming a Reflective Learner, Retrieved from the World Wide Web on January 8, 2012 http://www.tru.ca/__shared/assets/reflective_learner19767.pdf

Facilitating Reflection, “What is Facilitation?” Retrieved from the World Wide Web on January 7, 2013 http://www.uvm.edu/~dewey/reflection_manual/facilitating.html

Merriam, S.B., Caffarella, R. S., & Baumgartner, L.M. (2007), Learning in Adulthood a Comprehensive Guide (3rd Edition)

Reflection for Learning, Retrieved from the World Wide Web on January 17, 2013 https://sites.google.com/site/reflection4learning/why-reflect

TAP into Learning, Volume 3, Issue 2, Winter 2009, Retrieved from the World Wide Web on January 11, 2013 http://www.sedl.org/pubs/tapinto/v3n2.pdf












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