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Reflection and Recognition Guidelines

Untitled Docum Integral to your academic and civic engagement development is the process of reflection. Reflection is the analysis of an event, thoughts, experiences, or insights into the impact of an experience or projected goals for the future. Reflection as assessment requires that you reach judgment and set appropriate future goals. Successful reflection enables self‐awareness, personal and professional growth and improved service and learning practices. Reflection may include acknowledging and/or sharing of reactions, feelings, observations, and ideas about anything regarding the activity. Reflection can happen through writing, speaking, listening, reading, drawing, acting, and any other way you can imagine.

You will have opportunities to reflect on your experiences through on‐going reflection gatherings and share with peers, cooperating teachers, supervisors and college faculty. Each will bring a unique perspective to your understanding of an ‘ethically and socially responsible citizen in the global community.’

You may select one of the following reflection options below:

Research Based Projects:

1. Case Study Report

Read and respond to the following case study and writing application (go to http://www1.mville.edu/DUCHESNE/forms/Reflection_FA06_casestudy.pdf to view the case study).

Writing Requirement: Minimum five (5) pages, 1‐inch margins, 12‐size font, Times New Roman


2. Critical Events Journal

Record a critical incident for each week of the service project. The critical incident refers to events in which a decision was made, a conflict occurred, or a problem resolved. Best for semester long placements.

Writing Requirement: Minimum 10 entries, 250‐300 words per entry


3. Essay

Reflect upon your service (not the job description) and describe how your service experiences have affected you throughout the semester. Reflect upon your development/changes, and write about insights you have gained as well as those shared with your clients.

Writing Requirement: Minimum 5‐7 pages, 1‐inch margins, 12‐size font, Times New Roman

Consider incorporating the following ideas into your essay.
Discuss: How has your Manhattanville education, including extra‐curricular activities, prepared you for socially and ethically responsible engagement in the global community?

Reflection questions toward the end of the semester

  • What have you learned about yourself?
  • What have you learned about your community?
  • What have you contributed to the community site?
  • What values, opinions, beliefs have changed?
  • What was the most important lesson learned?
  • How have you been challenged?
  • What should others do about this issue?
  • What impact did you have on the community?

You might want to include how your perspective on being socially and ethically responsible has changed over the years (if it has) because of your experiences at or through Manhattanville

*Seniors, It would be nice to end with a couple of sentences of advice to other students on how they can take advantage of their college years to develop their leadership potential and preparation for responsibility in the global community.

Presentation‐style Projects:


4. Interviews

Manhattanville Faculty &/or Staff Member: Interview a Manhattanville Faculty &/or Staff Member about the role/impact of service and volunteerism in their respective field. Incorporate an assessment of both the service program and your experience in the interview process.

Volunteers/Clients/Community Partners: Interview volunteers, clients, and or community partners on their most recent service experiences and the learning that occurred in these experiences. Incorporate an assessment of both the service program and your experience in the interview.

Writing Requirements: Interviewees must respond to a minimum of 10 questions.


5. PowerPoint Presentation

Create a PowerPoint Presentation of your memories with the volunteer/learning project, including pictures, quotations, skills learned, challenges overcome, and so on. Presentation may include picturesin‐ action of the project, thank‐you letters from community members, and other literature related to the project.

Writing Requirement: Minimum 15 slides, in which each picture or visual must be explained; not including title page and conclusion.


6. Visual Presentation

Make a video about the volunteer/learning project or about the topic related to the project. Writing Requirement: Must be at least 8‐10 minutes long in which 5‐7 minutes consisting of personal diary entries.


7. Project Web Page

Create a website for your service project so that it can be shared in cyberspace with parents, students, community members and project partners.

Tips: Avoid long web pages ; Stick to one purpose ; and Do not bury information on your site.

Writing Requirements: Website must feature minimum 3 pictures and 500‐word project/activity description.


8. Letter

Letter to Community Organization/Government Official:
Compose a letter to your site supervisor offering five (5) suggestions for improvement working with future volunteers.

Letter to Politician:
Compose a letter suggesting organizational change to a named political figure addressing a social issue of your choosing. Propose a policy change.

Writing Requirements: Minimum 500 words, 1‐inch margins, 12‐size font, Times New Roman accompanied by a one page introduction describing project involvement, obstacles encountered and suggestions for improvement.

** Reflection submissions must be hand delivered to the Duchesne Center either during the Final Mandatory 4th Credit Option Presentation Meeting.