Literature Review

Additional Guidance

Literature Review

The literature review is to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the academic content of the module (Reflective Practice and Personal Development Planning). It should summarise what is already known and written about by scholars so should focus on some key texts and recent journal articles. It can be structured as an introduction, main body and conclusion and should:

o Determine what has already been written on a topic

o Provide an overview of key concepts

o Identify major relationships or patterns

o Identify strengths and weaknesses

o Identify any conflicting evidence

You should draw on secondary sources so in addition to the reviewing the information on the screencasts you will need to:

  • Read some relevant literature on reflective pra

ctice and personal development planning. As a minimum aim to read 3/4 articles and some chapters/chapter



  1. Literature Review

A short review of the literature identifying the value and importance of reflective practice to

professional development (1000 words) +/- 10%


(Grading Criteria)

Main 2:

Excellent understanding of the need for setting targets and implementing detailed plans for specified tasks or skills development

Excellent presentation and referencing of work in an appropriate form demonstrating excellent creativity and originality


Excellent range of evidence of development and wide application of key academic and professional skills

An excellent range of reflections on how work practice has contributed to learning and academic learning has contributed to work practice

Excellent identification and reflection on own strengths and limitations as an individual



Reading list

Bassot, B. (2013). The reflective journal. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bolton, G. E. J. (2010). Reflective practice: Writing and professional development. London, United Kingdom: Sage Publications (CA).

Boud, D., Keogh, R., Walker, D., & Bond, D. (1985). Reflection, turning experience into learning. New York: Nichols Publishing Company.

Bradbury, H. (2010). Beyond reflective practice: New approaches to professional lifelong learning. London: Routledge.

Brockbank, A., Brockband, A., & McGill, I. (2006). Facilitating reflective learning through mentoring and coaching. London: Kogan Page.

Brockbank, A., McGill, I., & Beech, N. (2002). Reflective learning in practice. Aldershot: Gower Publishing.

Brookfield, S. D. (1987). Developing critical thinkers: Challenging adults to explore alternative ways of thinking and acting. Milton Keynes, England: Open University Press.

Burke, W. W., &Noumair, D. A. (2015). Organization development: A process of learning and changing. Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States: Pearson FT Press.

Coats, M. (2005). The 11th Cambridge international conference on open and distance learning reflective practice in open and distance learning: How do we improve? Reflection revisited: Can it really enhance practice? Retrieved from

Cottrell, S. (2010). Skills for success: The personal development planning handbook (Palgrave study guides) (2nd ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Gibbs, G. (1988). Learning by doing: A guide to teaching and learning methods. London: FEU.

Helyer, R. (2015a). The work-based learning student handbook. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

Helyer, R. (2015b). Learning through reflection: The critical role of reflection in work-based learning (WBL). Journal of Work-Applied Management, 7(1), 15–27. Retrieved from

Hickson, H. (2011). Critical reflection: Reflecting on learning to be reflective. Reflective Practice, 12(6), 829–839. doi:10.1080/14623943.2011.616687

Higgins, D. (2011). Why reflect? Recognising the link between learning and reflection. Reflective Practice, 12(5), 583–584. doi:10.1080/14623943.2011.606693

Johns, C. M. S., & Lee, S. (2009). Becoming a reflective practitioner (3rd ed.). Ames, IA: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd).

Kolb, D. A. (2014). Experiential learning: Experience as the source of learning and development. United States: Pearson FT Press.

Moon, J. A. (2004). A handbook of reflective and experiential learning: Theory and practice. New York: Routledge Falmer.

Moon, J. A. (2013). Reflection in learning and professional development: Theory and practice. New York, NY, United States: Routledge.

Nobel, C. (2014, May 5). Reflecting on work improves job performance. Retrieved September 9, 2016, from

Payne, E., Paine, E., & Whittaker, L. (2006). Developing essential study skills: AND developing essential study skills premium CWS pin card (2nd ed.). Harlow, England: Financial Times Prentice Hall.

Schon, D. A. (2008). The reflective practitioner: How professionals think in action. New York, NY, United States: Perseus Books


Last Updated on February 10, 2019