Meeting academic and reflective requirements for written assignments: an integrated response

This source preferred by Lynne Rutter

Authors: Rutter, L.

Start date: 11 May 2004

This discussion of a new initiative addresses the theme of academic reflective writing within the BA (Hons) Practice Learning and Assessment - a Post Qualifying Social Work (PQSW) programme.

There has been excellent work on reflective writing but few instructional texts show how it can be integrated with literature to show application of theory into practice. This has been shown to be a problem for many students in health care education. There have also been calls to integrate learning and writing skills within the curriculum to enhance their value.

Our response to these issues has been to introduce students to an understanding and valuing of academic writing alongside their learning about critical reflection. This is achieved through an exploration of their assignment requirements and criteria to provide a holistic and integrated approach. A flexible learning handbook and a short introductory workshop provide time-effective instruction and learning activities. Together they cover assignment structure and content; academic style using first person; critical reflection on learning with integration of theory; plus the development of written expression of the latter as a staged process.

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