Blogs and reflective practice
The main reason for attending the conference is to present a paper on how blogs can be effective tools for reflection and reflective practice.
This will be a challenge because this is the first presentation I have made specifically on blogs, apart from the more practical blogging workshops.
The main gist of my talk will be:
- keeping a journal is considered to assist reflection, creative writing, critical thinking and cognitive learning
- blogging is the next step in the evaluation of reflective practice
- blogs traditionally are text but can be other media such as audio and video
- linking to other blogs and the comments by readers encourages sharing, discussion and further critique of ideas, which further extends thinking and learning
- privacy and confidentiality can be an issue
- admitting one's mistakes in public may be seen by some as unprofessional but readers can learn from the blogger as she processes her experiences and learning, and can add their perspective to the blogger's reflections
- there are concerns that deep learning can be achieved from blogging - jury appears to still out on that question
- readers of this blog have enabled me to process ideas, and have supported me when my reflections have been painful and challenging - I would never have received that level of support or learning from a paper journal that was for my eyes only.
Do you have any thoughts about this or any questions? Is there anything I have missed or got wrong?
Michele Martin: Becoming a more reflective individual practitioner. The Bamboo Project. March 8, 2008
Merrolee Penman: The use of blogging to support professional learning. Healthcare and Informatics Review Online. June 2008.
Paul Trafford: Mobile blogs, personal reflections and learning environments. 2005. Ariadne. Issue 44.
Image: Heels Gate Thermal Reserve Percita