Critical thinking is a deeper level of thinking, that requires you to be discerning. You will need to analyse, question, and evaluate information that you encounter and not take ideas at face value. You require critical thinking to inform good decision making.
As a critical thinker you will:
Critical Reflection is the process of drawing conclusions and discovering outcomes or learning possibilities that arise from an experience.
“Critical reflection is an extension of “critical thinking”. It asks us to think about our practice and ideas and then it challenges us to step-back and examine our thinking by asking probing questions. It asks us to not only delve into the past and look at the present but importantly it asks us to speculate about the future and act,” (Department of Education and Training Victoria, 2007, para.4.)
When you write a critical reflection, you won’t just be describing or journaling your experience. Critical reflection is going a step further to analyse and examine your experience to gain a deeper understanding of what you learned during the process and how you can use those skills or that knowledge in a broader context, (Cottrell, 2011, p. 209).
How to Write a Critical Reflection
When you are writing a critical reflection on a learning experience or a project you have undertaken you will be examining that experience by exploring its outcomes, limitations, and further questions that arise.