Pre-Residency Assignment: Personal Reflection
Draw from the work you completed in your critical analysis, critical evaluation, and critical synthesis to complete the pre-residency assignment.
Begin preparing your Personal Reflection and Purpose pre-residency assignment.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Write a 1,050- to 1,225-word reflection on the personal and professional contexts that have shaped your identity. The content of your reflection will be informed by Steps 1, 2, and 3 listed below. Complete each step and synthesize your responses into a well-developed personal reflection paper.
|Step 1: Critical Analysis|
Complete the provided matrix. In the first column, build a list of the academic theorists, key models, and one or two noteworthy experiences. In columns 2, 3, and 4 note how they have informed your scholarship, practice, and leadership. Review the two examples provided below.
|Theorist/model/experience and description of main element(s)||How have the elements informed your scholarship?||How have the elements informed your practice?||How have the elements informed your leadership?|
|Drucker’s view that organizations need to make meaningful contributions to the world.||Added to my understanding that shareholder value is not the only criteria for organizational success.||I enjoy work-related community service projects.||I use organization metrics that extend beyond profit measures.|
|Reporting to a micro-manager, leading to changing jobs||Reminds me to seek more than one perspective in my review of literature.||I empower my team members and try to coach instead of dictate.||I learned to take a courageous step to maintain my dignity and spur my growth.|
Conduct a holistic analysis of the matrix using the following questions to spur your thinking.
- What features of your background led you to choose the particular elements in column 1?
- As you review the completed table, what conflicts and relationships emerge?
- What areas of scholarship, practice, and leadership are not included or have you not investigated?
- What parts of your scholarship, practice, or leadership may have become tacit or unconscious to you?
|Step 2: Critical Evaluation|
Build on your analysis by critically evaluating your ideas using the following questions to spur your thinking.
- What criteria would you use to evaluate your current status as a scholar-practitioner-leader? (for example, breadth of experience, or degree of specialization, or achievements as a leader)
- Using these criteria, what conclusions do you make?
- What working assumptions exist in your conclusions?
- What alternate views might exist?
|Step 3: Critical Synthesis|
Create a synthesis of your current understanding using the following questions to spur your thinking.
- What new questions can you ask that would continue your growth as a scholar practitioner leader?
- How can you expand what you currently know about yourself and those aspects of yourself you still need to explore?
- What are your plans for using the residency to engage in critical inquiry that leads to new leadership skills and practice.
- What specific leadership practices are you going to demonstrate within your residency course? Note: These leadership practices must be at the behavioral level, such that your facilitator and classmates will be able to observe or hear you demonstrating these behaviors.
- What vision of yourself do you wish to embody enact as a spl?
- If you were to create a model (brand) of your unique self in the future, what would it look like?
Format your personal reflection paper consistent with APA guidelines. Use of first person is appropriate for reflection papers.