2.1 Explain the cyclical process of reflection

Qualification: Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care
Unit: Personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
Learning outcome: Be able to reflect on practice
Assessment criteria: 2.1 Explain the cyclical process of reflection

  • Reflection is used to support the process of transferring experience into actionable knowledge
  • The cyclical process of reflection involves:
    1. Performing an action (having an experience)
    2. Analysing the action (thinking about the experience)
    3. Evaluating how the action could be improved in the future
    4. Repeat
  • It is cyclical because it is a continuous cycle of learning
  • E.g. You recently got promoted to a team leader and forget to go to a scheduled appointment with a service user. After apologising and rescheduling, you reflect on the reasons why you forgot. You realise that your new role involves having a lot more meetings than before and you are unable to remember them all. To prevent a similar mishap in the future, you buy a diary to record all your appointments. After a week of using the diary, you reflect again about if your new system has worked well or not.

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