The purpose of your Reflective Journal is to articulate your expectations, learning journey and practical application of your new knowledge. Methodologies for this component are discussed in detail in the Study Skills module, but we recommend using the module learning outcomes to help identify your personal aim(s) for each module; using a structured framework to order your thinking; and using an event or issue as the basis for reflection, describing it and then reflecting upon it. The reflection may include further observations or thoughts; relevant other knowledge, experience and feelings; suggestions from others; new information; formal theory; and new ideas being tested in practice or revisited and revised.
You will develop your aptitude for reflective thinking and be able to demonstrate the ability to work with unstructured material; the linking of theory to practice; the viewing of issues/events from different points of view; and the ability to "step back" from a situation.
Best practice will also include a concluding statement of either what has been learnt or solved that relates to the description; or identification of a new area for further reflection.
Moon, J., 1999. Learning Journals: A Handbook For Academics,
Students, And Professional Development. London: Kogan Page.