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On Reflection - Professional Registration

A blog post from 29 August 2011 on revalidation by Profession Registration Board member Brenda Chawner:

When I first learned about the profession registration revalidation process several years ago, one of the things that impressed me most was the requirement for registrants to reflect on their professional development activities. I believe that being able to reflect on professional practice, and change what they do in response to new knowledge, is an essential requirement for anyone who wants to be considered to be a professional (in any field).

One of the columns in the revalidation journal template is for your 'Reflective Learning Comment'. When members of the Registration Board review this aspect of a revalidation journal, we expect to find a discussion of what you learned from the activity, and how you applied it in practice. Many people do this very well, and make perceptive comments. However, for those who don't, the most common weakness we see is that registrants provide a description of the activity, but don't say what they learned or if they changed anything as a result of the activity. The better comments in this column include phrases like "I learned that I need to ..." , "I realised that ...", "As a result of [activity], I began...", or "I applied ... to ...".

Please don't think that the activity needs to cause a major change, however. After reflecting on what you learned, you might conclude that you're presently providing good service, or already following best practice, and that you don't need to change. That's fine, and that's what you'd say in this column, perhaps as "after attending the XYZ seminar on effective social media practices, I realised that we already follow their guidelines, and will continue to do so".

I suspect that some registrants seeking revalidation are less comfortable about change than others, that’s only natural. If you're one of them (or even if you're not), why not read Roy Tennant's blog posting on managing personal change, available at and look at the comments, too). Once you've read it (and reflected on what it means for you), you'll be able to create an entry in your revalidation journal, after choosing the most appropriate BOK.

Dr Brenda Chawner
Senior Lecturer, School of Information Management
Victoria University of Wellington
LIANZA Profession Registration Board Member



Fri, 2011-09-09 10:14 — Ngaid
Thanks for this blog post Brenda. Increasingly I find the reflection process to be very important. I have just attended an excellent workshop where the last 10 minutes was spent in writing down personal reflections of the day then talking about some of them (if you so desired). This is the first time I have come across this and I found it invaluable. Not only are you summarising your Professional Development, you are doing it in a timely manner by writing it down then and there thus you have a record of exactly how you responded at that specific time as opposed to reflecting on it further down the track. To be able to have both perspectives is essential to the knowledge process.
Tue, 2011-08-30 08:22 — Anonymous
Thank you for an excellent post. This is the part of the revalidation process with which our staff struggle the most. Reflection can seem a very difficult process for those who are not used to thinking about thinking, and to examining their responses to what they have learned.
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