Self reflection strategies for change
To effectively meet the challenges of a changing society and future work roles, educators need to develop reflective thinking students who are confident, independent, flexible, and able to adapt to change. Self-reflection is a central dynamic to self regulated learning, critical thinking, the effective transfer of knowledge and skills to situations in the workplace, and the ability to be aware of oneself as a learner. This paper focuses on identifying and defining 3 strategies that can be used to encourage students to be more critical and reflective in their thinking. One strategy is to emphasize teaching students how to reflect on self through the application of affective role-taking exercises. Another strategy involves the engagement in metacognitive processes as a scaffold for reflective learning in a collaborative environment. A third strategy involves the development of self reflective questions to empower individuals to deal with the complexities of a rapidly changing, technological society by critically evaluating information, and understanding the interconnectedness of different fields of knowledge. Effective implementation of these strategies will aid in developing reflective, creative, and critical thinkers. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2002 APA, all rights reserved).