The reason we recommend you write up your work in this way is simply because it steers you to produce written content that meets the assessment criteria. Almost all photography courses will require written evidence that supports your practical work. Using the six prompts within the Gibbs Reflective Cycle brings structure to your work flow whilst at the same guiding you to write the type of content that meets the assessment criteria.
When should you use it?
Daily! Or if the situation suits it - more frequently; generally though, you reflect on your day’s activities and learning, so if you’ve been at college you’ll reflect on what you’ve done that day. If you’re working outside of college you reflect on those activities, the same as you would at college.
Are there any exceptions?
At the moment we’re advising that you don’t use the daily reflection approach during your research at the start of the projects. Focus on all aspects of your research ensuring that you get the main part completed in the first week or two. Once you’ve then completed the research, then reflect on your research making sense of it and finishing it off with an Action Plan which will normally include or form your proposal.
The 6 Gibbs Prompts (Click on the titles to go to the detailed desription).
What Happened - Describe what you’ve done/not done. Keep this relatively short.
Feelings – How do you feel your doing are, worried, confident, confused?
Evaluation – What’s been good and bad, again keep this section relatively concise.
Analysis – This is the important section and needs to be written up in detail.
Conclusion – What sense can you make of the situation, be concise?
Action Plan – Again another important section, you need to complete this with details.