Theoretical perspectives on reflection in relation to professional development

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Hi I am doing the Cache level 3 Diploma in 'Early Years Workforce' I am required to join online forums and share and discuss the importance of reflection in relation to professional development.
I was hoping that someone would join in and share their thoughts please. 

I have researched the following:

Kolb's learning cycle, Kolb suggested that it is important to reflect on our learning and it is important to follow the consistent order that he presented in the learning cycle. The cycle is based on four stages. 
1. The first stage is concrete experience. This means doing something and having an experience. For example teaching children to play a memory game.
2. The second stage is reflective observation where practitioners reflect on own experience by thinking about which elements of the memory game worked well and which elements were less successful.
3. The third stage is abstract conceptualisation. This about developing new ideas. For example it may mean that to benefit the children in the memory game you can use new ideas like using pictures that will link to the children's experiences. 
4. The fourth stage is active experimentation this means putting into practice the new ideas. For example playing the memory game again with using the pictures and giving the children more opportunities to find a picture that they can make a link to which will also allow them to feel that they can participate and understand the game.

Gibbs reflective cycle, Gibbs reflective cycle was based on Kolb's’ learning cycle. 
Gibbs adapted Kolb's work to create a structured approach which could be used after situations that arise to help adults to reflect on their responses, but can also come to a conclusion about what they can do differently in the future.
Gibb’s cycle of reflection:
1. Description: what happened:
2. Feelings: What were you thinking and feeling at the time.
3. Evaluation: what went well and what did not go so well.
4. Analysis: why did it happen.
5. Conclusion: What else could have done. what can we conclude from this.
6. Action plan: What are you going to do now to change the way that you work.

Links to the professional development:
The idea using the cycle is that you can think about your practice that need developing by reflecting on what you do and then doing what is needed before reviewing them again. Gibbs cycle links to professional development is that if one of the conclusions may suggest that more training is needed or that more opportunities to learn from others would may be more useful. This would then link to professional development.

Any thoughts on Theoretical perspectives on reflection in relation to professional development would be much appreciated thank you.




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