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Self-reflective practice

Using Gibbs 1988 approach to self-reflection to review your volunteering activities.
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This task forms part of your ExpertTrack peer assessed portfolio.

The only way to become confident in self-reflection is to ‘do it’. This task will give you the opportunity to practise self-reflection skills, using some prompt questions provided.

Your process of self-reflection will help you identify:

  • How did the latest STEM activity go?
  • What went well?
  • What could be improved?

Using a self-reflection template to gain a more in-depth perspective on your experience can be helpful. The following is based on Gibbs (1988) reflective cycle that provides a structured way to reflect:

Questions from Gibbs (1988) reflective cycle: Description - what happened? Feelings - What were you thinking and feeling? Evaluation - What was good and bad about the experience? Analysis - What sense can you make of the situation? Action plan - If it arose again, what would you do?

When using the template, try not to avoid the prompt question about your feelings. Tapping into how different aspects of delivering the STEM activity made you feel can be a powerful learning opportunity. This enables you to identify what you found challenging or rewarding or may trigger thoughts and feelings from your own previous experience, for example as a student learner. Download a copy of the template here.


If you’ve recently completed a STEM activity, use the self-reflection template to reflect on the experience. Alternatively, you could choose to reflect on an experience from your professional or personal life. The key here is to practise this process of self-reflection.

Please note: you will be submitting this template as part of your ExpertTrack Portfolio. Do not refer to individuals by name or include information that may identify them. Please do not include personal data or confidential information.

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