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Critical Reflection on Professional Practice

Module titleCritical Reflection on Professional Practice
Module codeEFPM908
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Dr Karen Walshe (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module gives you the opportunity to reflect critically on your own classroom practice in the light of your continuing professional development. To undertake this module you will need to be enrolled on the MA Education or MA Language and Literacy Education PT programmes. This module will complement the subject knowledge development you are undertaking as part of your MA study and will provide you with an opportunity to critically reflect on your subject knowledge development and how that has impacted on your teaching.  

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to enable you to reflect on your own development as an educator in relation to your professional learning and consider how that learning has impacted on your classroom practice. This module will introduce you to key theoretical perspectives on what it means to be a reflective practitioner and will provide you with an opportunity to create a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how your subject knowledge development has helped you to critically reflect on and revise your classroom practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. demonstrate conceptual understanding of the nature of critical reflection
  • 2. reflect, with critical awareness, on your own professional practice
  • 3. demonstrate self-direction and originality in collecting, categorising and reflecting on relevant evidence of your own professional learning

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge in your subject area
  • 5. review and evaluate critically how your MA academic study has impacted on your own professional practice through close analysis of practice and theory

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. make sound judgements based upon critical reflection
  • 7. critically reflect on your own practice and discuss the implications for future practice

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

The primary aim of this module is to help you to construct and critically reflect on a portfolio of evidence in relation to your own professional practice. As such, most of the activities associated with this module relate to guided independent study. Whilst the precise contents of the syllabus may vary from year to year, guidance material will be available on the Exeter Virtual Learning Environment and will most likely contain resources designed to introduce you to:

  • The key principles of reflective practice
  • The reflective cycle and how that might be demonstrated in practice
  • How to identify an element of professional practice and link this to your ongoing professional development, particularly in relation to the development of your subject knowledge. 

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities55x 1hr online presentations which introduce and explore: a) The key principles of reflective practice and the reflective practice cycle b) How to construct a critical reflection on a portfolio
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities1Tutor support (1 hour)
Guided Independent Study7Completion of reflective tasks included in the online presentations
Guided Independent Study60Reading of academic and professional literature
Guided Independent Study110Collating of portfolio
Guided Independent Study120Writing context for and critical reflection on portfolio


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Literature Review (what does it mean to be a reflective practitioner?)1,500 words1-2;5-6Written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Critical reflection on portfolio of professional practice1006,000 words1-7Written feedback


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Critical reflection on portfolio of professional practiceCritical reflection on portfolio of professional practice (6000 words)1-76 weeks


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Bassot, B. (2015) The Reflective Practice Guide . Routledge

Bolton, G. (2014) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development .   4 th edition. Sage Publications Ltd.

Ghave, T. (2010) Teaching and Learning through Reflective Practice. nd edition. Routledge.  

Johns, C. (2004) Becoming a reflective practitioner. Oxford, UK ; Malden, MA : Blackwell

McGregor , D., and  Cartwright, L. (2011) Developing reflective practice a guide for beginning teachers. Berkshire, England ; New York : Open University Press.

Pollard, A., Black-Hawkins, K., and Cliff Hodges, G. (2014) Reflective Teaching in Schools . 4 th revised edition. Bloomsbury Academic.

York-Barr, J et al (eds) (2006) Reflective practice to improve schools: an action guide for educators. Thousand Oaks, Calif, London: Corwin, SAGE.

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Reflection, Professional, Practice

Credit value30
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