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How to Enhance Experiential Learning Through Critical Reflection


Critical reflection is the powerful process of making meaning out of a purposeful combination of experiences and academic content. Reflection is critical when it is carefully and intentionally designed to generate learning by applying theory to practice, examining causality and raising questions. It can deepen learning by challenging a priori assumptions, resisting simplistic conclusions and comparing different perspectives. Critical reflection can also document student learning by producing evidence of learning for assessment. This workshop covers the concept and practice of critical reflection and examples of how it can enrich learning across disciplines.

About the Facilitator

Barbara Jacoby is Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning at the University of Maryland. In this role, she facilitates initiatives involving academic partnerships, service-learning, and civic engagement. Dr. Jacoby received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in French Language and Literature in 1978, and is Affiliate Associate Professor of College Student Personnel in the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services, where she teaches doctoral and undergraduate courses.

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