Reflective Practice and Writing: a Guide to Getting Started

This paper, written by Narelle Hampe for the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), provides detailed guidance on the use of reflective practice. Outlining a range of models of reflective practice and providing a detailed list of references, the guide aims to provide enough detail to allow the reader to begin using this reflection technique.


"Many factors will impact on your reflections. Different backgrounds – culture, education, family, work; different career and study goals; different levels of interest and motivation will all influence how you reflect (Brodie, 2008). The literature commonly refers to the following as being the qualities, skills and attitudes required for reflective practice (Atkins & Murphy, 1993; Atkins & Murphy, 1994): self-awareness; the ability to describe; the ability to critically analyse events or experiences using logical thinking; the ability to synthesise and evaluate learning, events or experiences; honesty and trust; insight; time; motivation; and practice. The skills of deep reflection take time and dedication to develop. At different times in our professional lives we may encounter barriers and challenges to our commitment to reflective practice (Flinders University, n.d). These may include: time; motivation and commitment; confidentiality and trust; individual differences and styles; and skill development and growth."


  • What is reflective practice?
  • Influences, Enablers and Barriers
  • Types of Reflection
  • Getting Started
  • Models of Reflection
  • Vocabulary aid 


Hampe, N. (2013). Reflective Practice and Writing: a Guide to Getting Started, Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Retrieved from:

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