Reflective Practice is a continuous learning process where individuals recall their own actions as a source of personal development and professional improvement. Reflective practice asserts that experience alone does not necessarily lead to learning, but that it is a reflection on what one has experienced that leads to learning and personal growth. Students and educators can use this as a key to successful learning and development.
Students can benefit from engaging in reflective practice because it helps develop the critical thinking and decision making skills necessary for continuous learning and academic improvement. Reflective practice gives students the opportunity to think about how their work meets established criteria, to analyze the effectiveness of their efforts and to plan for future improvement. Educators can use reflective practice methods to look objectively at their own actions and analyze the emotions, consequences and experiences of their actions to improve teaching style and educational practice.