What is a reflection paper, and what is its purpose?

Reflection Paper Guidelines

What is a reflection paper, and what is its purpose?

  • An RP is personal.
  • An RP is your chance to add your thoughts to what you have learned.
  • An RP shows the results of the process illustrated below:
  • Identifying the main themes of the course material,
    • Analyzing it,
    • Integrating your learning with your previous body of knowledge, and
    • Explaining how the assimilation of this affects your possible actions and decisions in future.
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Text Box: Affects in:
•	Thinking
•	Feeling
•	Doing
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Analyze
Integrate
Assimilate
Text Box: Lectures
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What is the process for writing a reflection paper?

  1. Jot down some of the points (reading material and class experiences) that stand out in your mind. Decide why they stand out to you. What are some of your thoughts and feelings about what you have experienced / learned?
  • Using the first person singular (“I”), relate the readings and classes to your previous knowledge and experience.
  • Consider if and how what you have read and learned changes your thinking and might affect your practice in both personal and professional situations.
  • Review the readings and class notes to be sure you’ve included all the relevant information you can and made all the connections you can.

Structure of a Reflection Paper

  1. Opening paragraph
  2. A brief overall statement of your perspectives
  3. May be written after you have worked on the body of the paper
  • Body
  • What struck you most or resonated most? Why?
  • How does what we covered / discussed relate to your previous knowledge and experience? Be sure to briefly describe the concept/theory/information that you are discussing.
  • Does what you have read / learned change your thinking and practices in personal or professional situations? Give specific examples and cite specific readings or ideas.
  • Are there aspects of the learning that you disagree with? Provide reasons using specific examples.
  • Conclusion
  • A brief summary of your realizations
  • May be definitive or uncertain

Note:  Be sure to include in-text references and a reference page for any materials you cite using APA citation formatting. Deductions for not including references will be applied.

This is how your paper will be marked:

Length – Minimum 750 words (Excellent papers will likely be 1000 to 1200)

Format – Organized logically, as per the outline. Use APA with references cited (at least one)

A+ Exceptional Paper (9 to 10/10) Comprehensively researched, clear and concise, extremely well structured and designed, with a diverse range of evidence (e.g.: literature, other data) used effectively and critically. Demonstrates enlightening, insightful, and/or original thinking of the topics. Presented to the highest standards (e.g.: references, style, grammar, length).
A Very Good Paper (8 to 8.9/10) Thoroughly researched, clear and concise, excellently structured and designed, with an extensive range of evidence (e.g.: literature, other data) used effectively and critically. Demonstrates a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the topics. Presented to very high standards (e.g.: references, style, grammar, length).
B Good Paper (7 to 7.9) Accurately researched, clear discussion, well-structured and designed, with a good range of evidence (e.g.: literature, other data) used effectively and critically. Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the topics. Presented to high standards (e.g.: references, style, grammar, length).
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