Learning thru Reflection
Knowledge overload! As I started reading the resources, nothing seems to sink in and so I used the text to speech feature where the narrator reads it while I also go over the material. Of all the theories, I can recall the one used by Reynolds (1965) which is the model of developing competence and was likened to driving a car which I can very much relate to.
I also recall other models with catchy phrase like Donald Schon (1983) about theory-in-action and theory-on-action which is “reflecting while you are doing it” and “reflecting after you’ve done it” and Gibbs model “learning by doing”.
Learning reflection is just in time for my career changing move. I have only one month left to stay in my current job as a Costing and Industrial Engineer which involves careful and detailed analysis of data using predetermined time and motion systems. I am a licensed practitioner of one of these systems for more than 10 years now and I would say I already have the unconscious competence in its use and application. I was given the opportunity to share this knowledge as a Training and Productivity Consultant. Although I have the competency as a user, I think I am still in the conscious incompetence stage as far as training is concerned. Training a group of fellow engineers is not new to me in an informal setting but doing corporate training is somewhat intimidating. I believe being reflective will help me get the skills as read in the supplementary resource, “Reflective practice, over time, allows you to become skillful in making informed judgements and professional decisions, and is empowering” (Robins et al., 2003)
Even in our everyday lives, reflection will help us check the what, know the why’s and hopefully get us to the how’s, how to do better next time, how to avoid the same mistakes and how to develop ourselves to be the best person that we can become.
References: The Reflective Teacher pp. 9, 11