Reflective Journal

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A Reflective Journal is different from a personal diary.

Assessment Objective

Commence a Reflective Journal to track progress towards the cultural competence required by an education professional in contemporary society.

A Reflective Journal is different from a personal diary. This assessment provides you with an opportunity to reflect on issues in writing, to subject knowledge claims and practices to analysis and to consider knowledge as a topic worthy of scrutiny in its self.

During the semester we suggest that you set aside a minimum of 15 minutes three times a week for writing and editing.  You can also use other creative ways to record your learning by including drawing or illustrations in your journal.


The Reflective Journal should be presented in a Word document and be a minimum of 2500 words.

In addition, choose your top 10 entries and present them at the start of the journal with a short paragraph explaining the rationale for their selection.

Write your journal bearing in mind that your tutor will read it.  This is an academic process that is designed to make you think hard.  It is entirely your decision which of your learning is included and which is excluded in your journal.



Thus, for this assignment, the Reflective Journal needs to contain your:

  • Thoughts as you interact with the people, content and processes involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.
  • Reflections and interpretations of your learning about issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their education in the broader political and social context.
  • Consideration of your own values, beliefs and assumptions and how they influenced your learning and/or lived experience in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians’ education.
  • Critical notes of the readings, lectures, tutorial discussions and tutorial work.
  • Utilisation of published literature to support your reflective writing.
  • A reflection on the relevant Standards (learning, pedagogy, curriculum, etc).