Beaufort (2007) also argues that reflection alone is not enough to facilitate mindful abstraction and that we must pay close attention to the types of prompts we are assigning. In a study of prompts for reflection, Beaufort found that prompts that negotiated between being too general and too specific created the best responses. Yancey (1998) provides a host of suggestions and ideas for encouraging reflection in writing classrooms of all levels.
Once we move toward expressing that reflection in writing,
Critical reflection is a skill. Educators who require reflective journals from their students realized that they must teach and model reflection skills to observe the desired outcome in the journals. Reflective thinking and writing are skills that must be taught through deliberate instruction and modeling. Devoting time to teach these skills produces quality, in-depth reflective thinking (Spalding & Wilson, 2002).
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Defininitions and Literature Review
Definitions of service learning abound, so much so that researchers such as Eric Sheffield (2005) have stated, “There are too many service learning definitions” (46), a fact which has prompted the “mis-understanding and the mis-practicing of the service learning pedagogy” (p. 47). After reading and discussing such authors as Bringle and Hatcher (1996) , Prentice and Garcia (2000), Cushman (1999; 2002; 2002), Rhoades (1998), and Gere and Schutz (1998), students and I came up with our own working definition: Service learning incorporates 1.) sustainable reciprocity with a community organization, 2.) service to that organization as defined by stated needs, 3.) direct connection of the service activities to course content and fulfillment of course objectives, and 4.) reflection in writing and discussion.
How to Write a Reflection Paper: 14 Steps (with Pictures)