notes in which you “passively” record data/information given

GNED 139: Reflective Journal 1 W2018 [email protected] Reflective Journals What is reflective writing? A journal is an instrument for practicing writing and thinking. A reflective journal differs from your typical class notes in which you “passively” record data/information given to you by an instructor. It should not be a mere “listing of events” but rather reflect upon lessons you have learned — a personal record of your educational experience in class. Reflective writing is more personal than other kinds of academic writing; it is evidence of reflective thinking. We all think reflectively in everyday life, of course, but perhaps not to the same depth as that expected in good reflective writing at post-secondary level. Purpose The main purpose of this exercise is to help you construct meaning and self-assess your progress. It provides students with an opportunity to reflect on the material covered and to aid in the development of a critical and individual perspective on the issues. You will be prompted to write reflections in response to one or two specific questions. These questions will encourage you to use the course content, your prior knowledge, and your experience to craft your responses. Bring your current knowledge and experience into your reflections when appropriate. I will review your reflections and provide feedback based on the rubric presented below. Expectation for each journal  Your reflections should be thorough and thoughtful. Support your ideas by using examples, readings, experiences from your own knowledge base, other course work, etc.  Some external research will add depth to your reflection as well as provide examples. If using, then 1 – 3 credible sources work (more is acceptable).  Your reflections should be within a range of 1 – 2 pages (longer is acceptable).  Your reflections should specifically address the question asked. Make sure your reflection has depth and reflects critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis of ideas/knowledge.  Your reflections should be clear, concise, and well organized.  The reflection must be in your own words. How to write You should use whatever style you are comfortable with as long as it is clearly written and sensible, so you can pick it up next year and be able to understand it. Journal entries must be a response to what was covered in class and/or reading assignments. Reflection Reflect on the following, using specific examples to demonstrate your understanding of the question: • Why have efforts aimed at tackling the social determinants of health lagged those aimed at changing individual behaviour? • Due dates: Thursday’s class – February 8, 2018; Friday’s class – February 9, 2018. Place in Reflective Journal 1dropbox by the end of the [email protected] What am I looking for when I grade your journal? Exceeds Expectations Meets the Standard Needs Improvement Weak Element 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Addresses journal assignment Reflection demonstrates that much effort was made to address the question, with some originality and extra initiative. Reflection demonstrates that some effort was made to address the question. Little effort was made to address the question. Very little effort was made to address the question. 20 Refers to the course and its concepts Reflection/response show strong evidence of synthesis of ideas presented and insights gained through the course/content/readings. Builds on previous knowledge. Reflection/response shows evidence of synthesis of ideas presented and insights gained through the course/content/readings. Reflection/response shows little evidence of synthesis of ideas presented and insights gained the course/content/readings. Reflection/response shows no evidence of synthesis of ideas presented and insights gained through the course/content/readings. 30 Depth of reflection Reflection/response demonstrates an in-depth reflection on, and personalization of the theories, concepts and/or content presented in the course. Viewpoints and interpretations are insightful and well supported. Clear, detailed examples are provided, as applicable. Reflection/response demonstrates a general reflection on, and personalization of the theories, concepts and/or content presented in the course. Viewpoints and interpretations are supported. Appropriate examples are provided, as applicable. Reflection/response demonstrates a minimal reflection on, and personalization of the theories, concepts, and/or content presented in the course. Viewpoints and interpretations are unsupported or supported with flawed arguments. Examples, when applicable, are not provided or are irrelevant to the assignment. Reflection/response demonstrates a lack of reflection on, or personalization of the theories, concepts, and/or content presented in the course. Viewpoints and interpretation are missing, inappropriate, and/or unsupported. Examples, when applicable, are not provided. 30 Structure Writing is clear, concise, and well organized with excellent sentence/paragraph construction. Thoughts are well expressed in a coherent and logical manner. There is no detraction from the clarity of the writing or impediment to the reader’s understanding. Writing is mostly clear, concise, and well organized with good sentence/paragraph construction. Thoughts are expressed in a coherent and logical manner. Generally does not detract from the clarity of the writing or impedes the reader’s understanding. Writing is unclear and/or disorganized. Thoughts are not expressed in a logical manner. May or may not detract from the clarity of the writing and impede the reader’s understanding. Writing is unclear and disorganized. Thoughts ramble and make little sense. Detracts from the clarity of the writing and impedes the reader’s understanding. [email protected]

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