We could also see the reality of the way changing a design actually affected its performance. Last week's lecture presented the idea that science is the most powerful form of evidence . My position as a student studying both physics and law makes this an important issue for me  and one I was thinking about while watching the 'The New Inventors' television program last Tuesday . The two 'inventors' an odd name considering that, as Smith says, nobody thinks of things in a vacuum were accompanied by their marketing people.
The conversations were quite contrived, but also funny and enlightening. I realised that the marketing people used a certain form of evidence to persuade the viewers us? To them, this value was determined solely by whether something could be bought or sold—in other words, whether something was 'marketable'. In contrast, the inventors seemed quite shy and reluctant to use anything more than technical language, almost as if this was the only evidence required — as if no further explanation was needed.
This difference forced me to reflect on the aims of this course—how communication skills are not generic but differ according to time and place. Like in the 'Research Methodology' textbook discussed in the first lecture, these communication skills are the result of a form of triangulation,  which I have made into the following diagram:. Brookfield, S , Developing critical thinkers: challenging adults to explore alternative ways of thinking and acting , Open University Press, Milton Keynes.
Mezirow, J , Fostering critical reflection in adulthood: a guide to transformative and emancipatory learning , Jossey-Bass, San Francisco. This guide may be distributed or adapted for educational purposes. Full and proper acknowledgement is required. Skip to main content. Current Students. Sign on Search Menu. Exams Results. The Nucleus: Student Hub. Psychology Health Service. Accommodation Health services Sport and gym. Types of reflective writing assignments A journal requires you to write weekly entries throughout a semester.
A self-assessment task requires you to comment on your own work. Some examples of reflective writing Social Science fieldwork report methods section The field notes were written by hand on lined paper. Includes discipline-specific language 3. Critical evaluation of method 4.
Conclusion and recommendation based on the writer's experience Engineering Design Report Question: Discuss at least two things you learnt or discovered — for example about design or working in groups or the physical world — through participating in the Impromptu Design activities.
Addresses the assignment question 2. Reflects on direct experiences 3. Direct reference to the course activity 4. The style is relatively informal, yet still uses full sentences. Relating what was learnt. Learning Journal weekly reflection Last week's lecture presented the idea that science is the most powerful form of evidence . Like in the 'Research Methodology' textbook discussed in the first lecture, these communication skills are the result of a form of triangulation,  which I have made into the following diagram Description of topic encountered in the course 2.
The author's voice is clear 3. Introduces 'everyday' life experience 4. The style is relatively informal, yet still uses full sentences 5. Makes an explicit link between 'everyday' life and the topic References Brookfield, S , Developing critical thinkers: challenging adults to explore alternative ways of thinking and acting , Open University Press, Milton Keynes. San Francisco. We thank the students who permitted us to feature examples of their writing.
In the What? The what? In the second So What? Use information from your first stage, your course materials readings, lectures, discussions -- as well as previous experience and knowledge to help you think through the issue from a variety of perspectives.
In the third Now what? After completing the analysis stage, you probably have a lot of writing, but it is not yet organized into a coherent story. You need to build an organized and clear argument about what you learned and how you changed. To do so, develop a thesis statement , make an outline , write , and revise. Tip: For more help on developing thesis statements, see our Thesis statements resource.
Develop a clear argument to help your reader understand what you learned. This argument should pull together different themes from your analysis into a main idea. You can see an example of a thesis statement in the sample reflection essay at the end of this resource. Once you have a clear thesis statement for your essay, build an outline.
Below is a straightforward method to organize your essay. Even though you are writing about your personal experience and learning, your audience may still be an academic one. Consult the assignment guidelines or ask your instructor to find out whether your writing should be formal or informal. Time to get writing!
Work from your outline and give yourself enough time for a first draft and revisions. I was lucky enough, privileged enough, to be ignorant of such phenomena, but for some, privilege is a daily lesson of how they do not fit into mainstream culture. In the past, I defined oppression as only that which is obvious and intentional. I never realized the part I played.
However, during a class field study to investigate privileged positions in everyday environments, I learned otherwise. In one of these spaces, the local mall, everything from advertisements to food to products, to the locations of doorways, bathrooms and other public necessities, made clear my privilege as a white, heterosexual male.
Topic sentence : Peggy McIntosh describes privilege as an invisible knapsack of tools and advantages. This description crystalized for me when I shopped for a greeting card at the stationary store. There, as a white, heterosexual male, I felt comfortable and empowered to roam about the store as I pleased.
However, when I asked the sales clerk for same sex greeting cards, she paused for a few seconds and gave me a look that made me feel instantly uncomfortable. Some customers stopped to look at me. I felt a heat move over my face. I felt, for a moment, wrong for being in that store. I quickly clarified that I was only doing a report for school, implying that I was not in fact homosexual.
I was free to check, she said. It was the only time during the field study that I had felt the need to explain what I was doing to anyone.
Topic sentence : Peggy McIntosh describes privilege as an invisible knapsack of tools and advantages. This description crystalized for me when I shopped for a greeting card at the stationary store. There, as a white, heterosexual male, I felt comfortable and empowered to roam about the store as I pleased. However, when I asked the sales clerk for same sex greeting cards, she paused for a few seconds and gave me a look that made me feel instantly uncomfortable.
Some customers stopped to look at me. I felt a heat move over my face. I felt, for a moment, wrong for being in that store. I quickly clarified that I was only doing a report for school, implying that I was not in fact homosexual. I was free to check, she said. It was the only time during the field study that I had felt the need to explain what I was doing to anyone. I could get out of the situation with a simple clarification.
But what if I really was a member of the homosexual community? The looks and the silence taught me that I should be feared. I realized that, along with its products, the store was selling an image of normal. Summer of learning: At the mall I realized how much we indirectly shame nonprivileged groups, even in seemingly welcoming spaces.
That shame is supported every time I or any other privileged individual fails to question our advantage. And it leads to a different kind of shame carried by privileged individuals, too. Value for self and others: All of this, as Brown documents, is exacerbated by silence.
Thus, the next step for me is to not only question privilege internally, but to publicly question covert bias and oppression. If I do, I may very well be shamed for speaking out. But my actions might just encourage other people to speak up as well. South Campus Hall, second floor University of Waterloo ext. The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples.
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Skip to main Skip to footer. Writing and Communication Centre. Critical Reflection A Critical Reflection also called a reflective essay is a process of identifying, questioning, and assessing our deeply-held assumptions — about our knowledge, the way we perceive events and issues, our beliefs, feelings, and actions.
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