My normal practice when absorbing information is to let the information settle in, perhaps for a day or so, before considering how it might impact me and my professional practice. There were numerous takeaways which I found from my most recent seminar.
In particular, we covered 5 domains:
All of these areas are important to critical reflection and I hope to explore these domains and what they mean to me more fully over time, throughout the coming semester. One of the factors which stuck out for me was my adherence to the procedural domain, without giving too much thought to other domains. I’m aware of some deficiencies in the interpersonal and dispositional domains, but by providing a codified structure by which I can collect and evaluate my practice, even a cursory examination of the benefits of such self-analysis are immediately apparent.
Such evaluation will allow me to examine how I think, act, interact, react and change as I track my development. Another takeaway I took from the lecture was that reflective practitioners might focus too much on the procedural domain and indeed, I find it the easiest area in which to begin examination. My hope is that I can successfully move beyond reflection in this domain and examine a much broader sense of my practice, but for the moment, I will use it as a starting point to begin taking some concrete actions.
We also covered SMART criteria, notably when setting tasks for personal improvement and I’m unsure why, but this is not the first time I have looked at critical reflection in this context, but the examples seemed to make sense and I look forward to setting goals resulting from critical reflection using this method.
As a result of this lecture, I have undertaken to improve the following areas:
- The frequency by which I undertake critical reflection
- Identify and set tasks to improve personal deficiencies, particularly within the dispositional and interpersonal domains
- Examine ways in which such reflective practice can be developed and adopted in my work outside of this module
- Establish these changes within a formal pattern of work.
It struck me that the nature of critical reflection has both the benefit of being undertaken in a cyclical manner and therefore a useful skill for delivering lifelong development and improvement, but also that a careful eye should be kept on the amount of work generated by critical reflection. The upshot being that by being too reflective, the practitioner might end up stuck in suffering ‘the paralysis of analysis’ and not translate potentially useful insights into tangible improvements.
Now that I’ve managed to codify my thoughts into something approaching a to do list, I will look to translate responses to these areas in my next post and produce smart goals and objectives.