Reflections on reflective writing

Probably the go to person for being reflective is Donald Schön1. The problem with tying assessment to reflective writing is, as Jen Ross2 has argued, that you distort writing reflectively.

When you write reflectively in your notebooks, you are writing for you and you alone. So you focus on your thinking and assumptions and queries and so on without worrying about your audience because your audience is you! The problem that arises when you deploy reflective writing for assessment is that your audience all of a sudden doubles and in instances where you will share you writing to the course group, the audience is even larger. It becomes nigh on impossible to imagine the audience is still only one under these circumstances.

There is no solution to the problem. What I will try and do for the rubrics is be as clear and as encouraging as possible to support the restricted reflective writing that will happen.

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