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As our reflection projects continue throughout the Network, we're finding a tension: What is the difference between reporting and reflecting?

Community partners' needs and desires are central to the success of a DFA Studio's research and project. To have healthier partnership relationships--ones based on honest feedback and reflection--students must first know how to reflect on the work they are doing. The learnings generated from weekly reflections feed back into student work with their community partners. Good listeners make a safer and more open space for feedback.

So, we've started encouraging students to be analytical rather than just descriptive, focusing on why rather than just describing what happened during an experience. Moving forward, we're encouraging students to consider the following:
  • What did you value about your research and working experience?
  • Reporting tends to be more to the point -- it classifies, describes, compares and measures. Reflection is more focused on cause and effect: How can we capture the nuance of an experience in writing?
  • What are you getting out of this experience? Are you learning anything new? Are your convictions being reinforced? How so?
Alden + The DFA National Team
Have any reflection-based activities or prompts you like? Share them with us!
Empowering Youth Changemakers with DFA Barnard | Columbia

DFA Barnard | Columbia is the second of five teams working with YMCA youth on programming and empowerment. The team is particularly interested in increasing youth development opportunities centered around creative and educational spaces. By partnering with the YMCA and other youth-centered organizations in LNY, the team hopes to help changemakers develop leadership skills through meaningful experiences and inclusive and welcoming environments.

Follow their instagram to learn more about their studio and projects: @bcdfa

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Differences Between Reporting and Reflecting from Jenny Moon

Reflective Practice Toolkit by University of Cambridge 

Writing reflectively involves critically analyzing an experience, recording how it has impacted you and what you plan to do with your new knowledge. It can help you to reflect on a deeper level as the act of getting something down on paper often helps people to think through an experience.
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