The conclusions below are based on actual experiences that came from 12 reflective writings using the four dimensions of reflection.
Thinking back to an experience may lead to the following upgrades in learning:
- The learning is clarified.
- Memories turn into specific outcomes of learning.
- Past learning becomes meaningful to present circumstances.
Reflecting back may also lead to learning about one’s self such as:
- A key element of personality that is a driving force in decision- making.
- A recognition or affirmation of personal core beliefs and values.
- A creation of a new learning or life goals
Thinking forward may lead to these implications of learning:
- The learning is solidified through practice.
- Gaps in learning are identified.
- The learning changes previous behaviors.
Thinking inward about prior learning may open up the following new levels of learning:
- The learning becomes more relevant and meaningful to the present.
- The learning creates new perspectives.
Reflecting inward and connecting with emotions may lead to learning such as:
- Recognition of life patterns, positive or negative.
- Development of new strategies for dealing with emotional life situations.
Thinking outward may allow for these expansions of learning:
- The learning creates a greater self – awareness.
- The learning generates understanding of others.
- New or different concepts can be more fully understood.