Chapter 18: Revealing the Process: Reflective Essays

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Chapter 18 discusses how reflective essays invite authors to share the messy, unfinished, personal work of learning and teaching—the lived experience and the sense people make of it that rarely find a place in other forms of scholarship. This chapter offers a flexible guide to the organization and composition of reflective essays along with a discussion of the benefits and complexities of writing them.

Discussion Questions

  1. What experience of learning or teaching might you examine for how it has informed your own thinking or practice?
  2. What aspects of your experience of learning or teaching might best be conveyed through first-person, informal narrative and analysis?
  3. How can you engage in, as well as model, learning through writing in this genre?

Related Book Resources

Guiding Questions for Planning, Revising, and Refining a Reflective Essay: [PDF] [DOCX]