Facilitating Reflection

Reflection: The critical component of successful service-learning programs is “reflection”. Reflection describes the process of deriving meaning and knowledge from experience and occurs before, during and after a service-learning project. Effective reflection engages both teachers and students in a thoughtful and thought-provoking process that consciously connects learning with experience. It is the use of critical thinking skills to prepare for and learn from service experiences.

Demystifying Critical Reflection – Written by Dr. Kath Fisher, this paper provides an excellent starting point for learning about reflection and its role in a variety of settings. With a strong theoretical foundation, Dr. Fisher explores how reflection might be employed by breaking down the process into several key components.

Reflection Resources WebsiteGenerator School Network National Service-Learning Clearinghouse