In the learning process, it is important to understand and analyze whatever a student has learnt. This requires the student to carefully find a way of doing this. This is known as reflective thinking and this essay describes briefly the aspects of this topic. It further gives a number of experience and lessons that a student can learn from what he or she has been taught and the importance of reflective thinking.
According to Dewey (1993), “Active, persistent, and careful consideration of any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the grounds that support it and the further conclusion to which it tends.” It helps in creating a deeper understanding in connection to the issues that an individual learns. This involves different kinds of issues, ideas or other values that a person has learnt. The person has to decipher the meanings and understand the various meanings on what he or she has learnt. This helps in enabling the person to have a bigger picture of what he or she has learnt or experienced. It involves a deeper reflection maybe in school. This can be enhanced by questions which power up the student’s thoughts.
Wasserman (1992) concurs that stupid questions should not be asked since they ignore what the student feels. The complexity of the question might also be a barrier to reflective thinking for the student. This is due to the fact that the student will not have the time to process and understand the question. In summary, reflective thinking encompasses different stages namely; knowing the facts and understanding them, following the principles, synthesis and analysis and lastly evaluation.
Reflective thinking helps in the solving of problems in the day to day life. Life presents many challenges and new problems that need to be addressed. This can only be done by developing new strategies and better way of finding the solutions. This is especially important for students (Given, 2002).
As a student, I have constantly reflected on everything that I have learnt. This has been made possible by the integration of study guides which have greatly helped me in learning. The strategies of questioning have also fined my thoughts and made it easy for me to think critically and widely. This has enabled me to make informed decisions in different occasions. My social environment has also helped me since I have interacted with many people in and out of school. This is important due to the fact that it allows for collaboration with other people. In this way, I have got advice from others and also shared ideas. Another aspect I have learnt is the importance of correlating what I learnt in class to the reality in life. Most of the activities that I have involved myself in have been relevant to the experiences in real life. Lastly, most of my experiences have been enjoyable and this has enabled me to pay keen attention to what I learn.
In conclusion, reflecting upon ourselves gives us a deeper understanding of ourselves. It is an avenue to developing key cognitive skills and assists us in making good judgments in the society about ourselves and other people. In this way, we become better people and develop good character. In addition to this, we end up being quick problem solvers and an inspiration to others.
Dewey, J. (1993). How we think: A restatement of the relation of reflective thinking to the educative process. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Given, B. K. (2002). Teaching to the brain’s natural learning systems. Washington, DC: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
Wasserman, S. (1992). Asking the right question: The essence of teaching. Bloomington, Indiana: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation