To put it simply, reflecting on experiences, is all the things we do in our lives, some are a reaction/automatic, as for example attempting avoid an object when it falls off a shelf or being stung by a bee, we flinch in pain, of which in that split second our brains observe, analyze, then in that same moment devise a cause of action and from this act upon. Furthermore, whereas reflection is the next stage, in that the event has occurred and we had reacted, but now is to look upon this event in an objective manner to so analyse what has occurred.  The significance of this is that by reflecting on practice experiences is that?

  • We can begin to better understand what has occurred from an objective standpoint.
  • Furthermore to step back from a situation and to consider those contributing factors this led up to the event.
  • And finally, as a result devise strategies and a way forward, to better prepare ourselves when faced with a similar kind of situation.

As an example, whilst there are many reflective models which can be used to unpack these experiences such as ‘Gibb’s Reflective cycle’ or ‘Argyris Ladder of Interference’ although, Driscoll‘s model (2007) in my view is best suited, by asking of us three questions:

  • What?
  • So what?
  • What next?

In short, this reflective model has an immediacy to ascertain the key points of an event, then to identify their relevancy in order to prioritise what needs to be acted upon, and then finally to urge ways in which to implement these recommendations.