In simple terms, reflective practice is thinking about what you did and what happened as a result. Reflection is important to gain the most from your learning and to progress. The act of reflecting enables us to recognise what we have learnt, why we learnt it and how the learning took place.
Using reflective practice discussions (RPDs) as part of the IFoA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme encourages members to identify links between their CPD activities and the impact on their individual learning objectives. In addition, they can prompt you to recognise the purpose of each CPD activity, the specific take-away or learning outcome, and areas of potential future development.
RPDs are intended to give members space to recognise and articulate their learning. A conscious effort is required to actively think about learning activities or events that have taken place, to develop an insight or an understanding of the outcome and ascertain whether lessons have been implemented.
Reflection presents an opportunity to decide what you would do differently next time, or if you would adapt your approach. Reflection should also bring to light achievements and successful learning outcomes that may help you to understand your preferred approach to learning. During the process, you can focus on how what you have learnt impacts your personal goal or objectives, and how your learning could be developed or used further, if applicable.
It is suggested that one should approach reflective practice with an open mindset, and without judgment or self-criticism. There is no one correct way to reflect; finding what works best for you is key to successful reflection, and we hope that the RPDs will enable you to explore this.
You can read more information on RPDs as part of the CPD scheme at bit.ly/387lPel
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