Conference PaperPDF Available

Assessed reflective writing; friend or foe

Authors:

Abstract

Reflective writing as an assessed practice has gained ground in many fields in recent years, including STEM related areas and many EAP courses. This upward trend is supported by recent studies showing a positive correlation between reflective writing and the development of critical thinking. However, for many international students critical self-reflection is a novel genre of writing due to the differences in cultural expectations of writing and thus may act as a barrier to engagement with this ‘culturally situated’ (Tsui and Ng, 2010:32) type of writing. This issue is also compounded by the ambiguity that surrounds this genre of writing for both students and teachers alike (Clarà, 2014). This presentation will explore the relationship between reflective writing practices and the development of critical thinking as a transitional aid for international students into the academy. It will also discuss practical challenges and limitations in addressing those needs in assessment and syllabus design. This is informed by data gathered from current International Foundation Year (IFY) students over the span of a year through teacher observations, student reflective writing samples and surveys. With explicit genrebased approaches to reflective writing in the second term, results showed a marked improvement in both the quality of students’ reflective writing and awareness of the potential benefits of ‘critical reflection’ beyond the IFY programme, with a view to transferability of skills to future academic and professional contexts. The findings do suggest that with greater explicit genre-based instruction of such ‘fuzzy’ (ibid:262 ) concepts, IFY students are better able to engage and benefit from this writing practice and assessment. References Clarà, M. (2015). What is reflection? Looking for clarity in an ambiguous notion. Journal of Teacher Education, 66(3), 261–271. doi:10.1177/0022487114552028 Tsui, A. B. M., & Ng, M. M. Y. (2010). Cultural contexts and situated possibilities in the teaching of second language writing. Journal of Teacher Education, 61(4), 364–375. doi:10.1177/0022487110364855




 
!"#
$%&!&'!&%&&
 
'%%&&((&&
)*+ 
!, -./01/2345
!&%
'1
)6 !&
7!&8'
!7! 
9(&%&
!&&8) &
  
&!%
8&
&&%(&
:&8;%%"/<22#

=,
&&&&&
7 !
 (%&
!,  "-.//#8
4345)*+
>7













 
!"#$
%&&'
()
-.? -.? @.? -.? /.? /.?

 
'(


/.? /.? A.? /.? /.? B
*
+,(& -
+,(&)(()
&
. /.0!,)&&&
&$ 
( )(-
&)
( )(&(1
&)
() (& )
(-&&
() (2")&)
(-&&
3
 )
)2)( 
)2)()&
)2)(
"
(
;!
90-100- All criteria are fulfilled in a highly effective, consistent and sophisticated
manner
80-90 All criteria are fulfilled very effectively and consistently
70-80- All criteria are fulfilled effectively and frequently
60-70- Most of the criteria are fulfilled most of the time
50-60- Fulfils an adequate number of the criteria to fulfil the task
40-50- attempts to complete the task using some of the criteria some of the time
30-40 limited achievement of any of the criteria
20-30 an attempt but very little, if any fulfilment of the criteria
0-20 Little or no attempt to achieve any of the criteria
 4&
*)&)&1( &&
&> %&'
& &
&%&(8">-./C#
/5)664',
:'&857!
' !9&
8">&D-./C#
&(45 &
1&!
!!&&
!&
">-./C#
%)&&  "4-..<
%8#
+ % &E
7)&(
!")
 F#
G!"
 )#&&%
&&%)
4#))
/)"!# % .1C.1
%F
4&&%9H
' %I 
' %I 
' %I 
>&&F
0- "&4 
(-
'"E=%
!!"(#1(&&
!!&I
38&)9)!$1
'&&I&&"%!,
&#7 !&
'+(()) 1
3 !7!!&
"#&!(&&
"! =&&-../#
0- "&4
 (-
=%
7
5&
!I
)

"! =&&-../&&-../#
.) &4
(
*&&&(%! &%
&J( ( % 
 ! 83&%&%
!&(84&( 
%  !
 7 
!!  8)(& %&
%(:%K&& %(
&B %
& 7!!&(&%(&&&
 8,%(&%
 (& 
8B
"'1&#
.) &4
(
&%%&!&! &! (&&
 !!! 
7 %K84&&%
 &&% %
7! &
8)&
%%&!&
& %&&%& %K
8&%&%&1
&%&! !% 
%&8&%%&!&! 
&%B 8
%&%%&!6& 
%&  
8
"'%%&! !&&#
()4
)&'(L
!('&$J
7!&&"M&%/<2N#
345,&83! 
"G:-./@#8*
&&&)(&&8
;!%L
G%&- 
&&&1& &
)8"J&&-./0#
+5:
&&
&  O&! &
%reectionO8"%
8!0#
J&&((&&"%#
&!!
&&&" !&'#
)assessed4
&)
+)4
> )(&
!! &1
 "> /<<2#
 
 &"%#
.&4
) /-&&2
;)&!!"> -..C#588
)! &&
"-./A#
* P 1>&&
)">&D-./C#8
+1&& 
&'
"H&-./C#
)4
+5:)
+)(<
)()&)C0
!!0A?
/- &&
- -&&2.?
.&4
/) )&&
))&&&) 
A-?&&
"& Socrative!!&#
Assessed4/(/(
J&&!(&&E
 !&7((&& "J&&
-./0#
!&
 &
">-./CJ/<2N#
=4
G7!&1%
"J/<2<#
>'
7!
 &("H&
-./C#
!%&& 
  8588'
"-./A!8--0#
5&) 
'  !
&
&
 ">&&&-./-&&
-../#
 
(&&&& 9&
!&
"> -..C!8-20#
(
J838/<2N87 !%& 1%& 8Medical education-."N#A2/1A2N8
J&38(HJ88Q(8-./08&!&&!%(1
%&8)R&$ &A<"/#/.-1/.<8L/.8A/.@I.-C@10N/@8-./..<
JR8>&&Q=$8/<2<83>>&8Educational Researcher8/28
/.8@/.-I../@/2<S./2../.@-8
>8-./C8'>&4(8New Directions for Teaching and Learnin
/A@L0<1<C
>&D8-./C8'(& %8Journal of Teacher EducationNN"@#
-N/E-0/8L/.8//00I..--A20//ACC-.-2
>&&J8J&8>8-./-8LM> !4(>&&84>R&
3&!48@"/#!!8/1/<8
> $8B-..CB3&&K&%B Q5&
5B@.L@B-201-<NB=)LB/.8/.2.I.-N.-<@.C...N@2C.
> $8/<<2G &!&37!G&G(
43&!&8
=&&R8-...8$>&&3!85%LJ&&4&&
;%%;8/<228%=L& 87L7J(
M&%=88/<2A857!&L7!&&! 8L$&&

(
R8-..A%(57!&'8G+(L&8
&&48"-../#3'L&=8G+(L&8
R8-../858$=$'($!A8+(L43G;>
H48Q,&38Q&&M88'&>8Q;&8-./C8>
 L)&%&&8Medical education8A<8<./128/.8////I 8/-00/8
G:'8PR8MM8T&(>84!!&J8R8$Q4>8-./@841+'
$ $)$ $57!8American journal of pharmaceutical education8008/..8
/.8CN22IK!00C/..8
48,&38&&M88'&>Q;8-./C8>
 L)&%&&8Medical education8A<8<./128/.8////I 8/-00/
48J88QG88+8-./.8>&&7!%&&8
Journal of Teacher EducationN/"A#@NAE@0C8L/.8//00I..--A20//.@NA2CC
%>8G88B'+4L(!345=!&8U'(!V8The Higher
Education Academy, &-NR-./2&%&L
!LII8 88(I I,&I&IWW1WWWWWW8!
&;8*=8QR!8-../8>&G&!$LX;8
J(8$& &&8
R8B-./AB$ &L1(BStudies in Higher
EducationB@<L-B-/<1-@-B=)LB/.8/.2.I.@.0C.0<8-.//8NC/AC.
4+8>8'R8>Y8'8>S88-./08,(1%&! ! 
!%& 1&!  &!L 798J &
5/0L/.8//2NI/-<.<1./01.<<A1.
ResearchGate has not been able to resolve any citations for this publication.
ResearchGate has not been able to resolve any references for this publication.