Reflective Commentary Essay example

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Guidance for completion of your reflective commentary

A reflective approach to your educational and culturalexperience will bring about changes in the way you perceive your academic environment. Further, this reflective approach can go on to produce changes in attitudes and awareness which may, in turn, benefit your personal and professional growth. While a single experience in isolation, such as your overseas or homeplacement,will be insufficient to achieve such growth, that experience coupled with reflection may serve as a powerful impetus for development of key transferable skills which can directly impact on your future employability.

So, the purpose of this piece of reflective work is to compare and contrast the environment you
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* Which style of learning will, do you believe, better equip you for the dynamic, global workplace?

With this guidance in mind, your task is to complete a 4,500 word reflective commentary on your placement period and its impact upon you. While it is imperative that you introduce your present institution/programme (ENU) and put it in a wider national context, do not provide an extensive brochure, the focus is on you and your evaluation of the learning experience within a particular cultural context, not the host institution or country!

Look at the marking scheme below to determine how much focus you should give to the relevant parts of your report/essay – as this work is called a reflective commentary, use the structure with which you are most comfortable. The focus on your report should be on the differences in the educational system you encountered – and how these can be broken down to differences in learning, teaching and assessment within diverse national and/or institutional or organisational cultures. The approximate word counts supplied are merely indicative, slavish adherence to them is not necessary, but the weighting of marks is important.

How are the marks awarded?

1. Introduction: provide details of you (stage of study etc) and your present (ENU) institution – this contextual information will include geography, structure, size etc. (500 words, 10%) 2. Contrast the

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