Reflecting helps develop skills and review effectiveness, rather than just carry on doing things as I have always done them. It is about questioning, in a positive way, what I do and why I do it and then deciding whether there is a better, or more efficient, way of doing it in the future. We learn by experiences and mistakes. But, unless we question ourselves about what our experiences mean and think actively about them, we won’t make any changes. Self-reflection enables us to move from just experiencing, into understanding. Self-reflection is not about focusing solely on the negative, it:
Reflexivity is a researcher's ongoing critique and critical reflection of his or her own biases. Reflexivity is the process of reflecting on yourself the researcher, to provide more effective and impartial analysis. It involves examining and consciously acknowledging the assumptions and preconceptions you bring into the research and that therefore shape the outcome. None of us are detached, objective observers. We all hold opinions and pre-formulated ideas, based on our experiences and what we have been exposed to in our lives. Our understanding of the world is based on our own patterns of thought and behaviour, our personal values, culture, ethnicity, religion, age, gender and the job we do. The perspective or position of the researcher shapes all research whether that be quantitative or qualitative.
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