Transfer of Learning

Reflective Practice

An invaluable learning tool is reflective practice. In its simplest form, this means thinking about:

  • What you want to do – what outcome you want to achieve and how best to go about it
  • When you have done it – think about how it went (what was the reaction of people you were working with? Did you achieve what you set out to achieve? If it went well – what contributed to the success? )
  • What you might do differently next time or what went well that we can do again
  • When you get to the ‘next time’, think about what you want to achieve and how best to go about it in the light of your learning.

Sometimes you can do this in your head. However, it is a good idea to get into the habit of reflective practice by writing it down.

If you go on to undertake qualifications – reflective practice is a crucial part of demonstrating your learning and application to practice.

Discuss with your manager how and when reflective practice happens in your workplace.