Sen, B. (2010) Reflective writing: a management skill. Library Management , 31 (1-2). pp. 79-93. ISSN 0143-5124Full text available as:
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze students' reflective writing in terms of identifiable outcomes and explore students' thoughts on reflection and reflective writing as a process.
Design/methodology/approach – A mixed methods approach is taken with a qualitative analysis of 116 written reflections from MA Librarianship studying management over an eight-month period. A quantitative statistical analysis assesses the relationships between reflective writing and a number of possible outcomes identified from the literature.
Findings – A significant relationship is found between seven of eight outcomes tested; academic learning, the need for self-development, actual self-development, critical review, awareness of ones' own mental functions, decision making and empowerment and emancipation. There is some evidence of a relationship between non-academic learning and reflective writing, but it is not significant. A number of themes emerged from the reflective writings regarding reflection itself, with students seeing reflection as a positive activity, with benefits for the individual, groups and in the workplace, and identifying reflection as a skill that can be practiced and developed.
Practical implications – Reflection and reflective writing as a management skill has potential benefits for personal and professional development and improving work-based practice.
Originality/value – This paper differs from the previous literature in presenting statistical evidence to confirm the relationships between reflective writing and a range of potential outcomes.
|Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information:||© 2010 Emerald Group. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Library Management. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.|
|Keywords:||Information management; Library management; Library studies; Management skill|
|Academic Units:||The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)|
|Depositing User:||Miss Anthea Tucker|
|Date Deposited:||29 Jan 2010 14:04|
|Last Modified:||08 Feb 2013 16:59|
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