Learning to reflect through technology, to enhance employability

Nicola Bullivant, Helen E. Higson

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Abstract

"Reflection, if managed in an ordered way, can provide great opportunities for learning, understanding and clarifying thought, both in one's personal life and in learning and professional development." Moon, J (1999).
Aston Business School's (ABS) 12cmonth professional placement programme has a number of espoused learning objectives, including helping students:
1. To benefit from the integration of university study and work experience in ways which facilitate critical reflection on each ofthese aspects.
2. To build a personal awareness of their own interests, competencies, values and potential.
These objectives focus students' development to self-reflect critically, to make sense of their experiences/learning whilst undertaking their placements. Students complete a placement year Reflective Learning Journal, supported by the workplace supervisor, through regular meetings where objectives are agreed and reviewed.
As well as reflection providing opportunities for students to make sense of their learning, it is also challenging! ABS is undertaking a pilot in 2008/9 to encourage students to engage with reflective practice, but employer feedback indicates an ability to think and analyse is often missing from the skill sets of graduates. Business students are using the PebblePad e-portfolio system as a tool to record their learning, reflect on their experiences in the workplace and to create their journals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages45-46
Number of pages2
Publication statusUnpublished - 28 Apr 2009
EventBMAF Annual Conference 2009 - Cardiff, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Apr 200929 Apr 2009

Conference

ConferenceBMAF Annual Conference 2009
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCardiff
Period28/04/0929/04/09

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Bullivant, N., & Higson, H. E. (2009). Learning to reflect through technology, to enhance employability. 45-46. Abstract from BMAF Annual Conference 2009, Cardiff, United Kingdom.
Bullivant, Nicola ; Higson, Helen E. / Learning to reflect through technology, to enhance employability. Abstract from BMAF Annual Conference 2009, Cardiff, United Kingdom.2 p.
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2009. 45-46 Abstract from BMAF Annual Conference 2009, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

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Bullivant N, Higson HE. Learning to reflect through technology, to enhance employability. 2009. Abstract from BMAF Annual Conference 2009, Cardiff, United Kingdom.