Globally, universities are becoming aware of the benefits of reflective learning and teaching. The purpose of reflection is to assist students develop a reflective mind and to develop their talents and intelligence through thoughtful introspection. The ARLT FOUNDATION wishes to caution educators who tend to treat intelligence as a fixed, measurable and stagnant entity. Many of us grow up thinking mistakes are evidence of our incapacity undermining the learning process instead of viewing our mistakes as opportunities for learning.
If we believe our capacity for learning is fixed then we are likely to seek positive evaluation of our ability and fear or even dread a negative evaluation.
Countless students drop out of university each year simply because of negative evaluations and a belief that this defines their intelligence. Many more adults avoid educational institutions because they fear they will be faced with a negative self- image. Reflecting on learning experiences and on our lives encourages insight and liberates learners. Reflection transcends all other learning aims or outcomes and all subject matter. When learners of all ages are given the opportunity and guidance for reflective thinking they draw on emotional feelings to assist them in understanding and in maintaining a deep and meaningful connection with what they are learning and why they arel earning. All educational goals at all levels need to be grounded in reflection to ensure meaningful engagement and to strengthen a positive internal voice in all learners.
“Persons of high self-esteem are not driven to make themselves superior to others; they do not seek to prove their value by measuring themselves against a comparative standard. Their joy is being who they are, not in being better than someone else.” —Nathaniel Branden