Reflective Blog

When I found out that the content of this module was writing blogs and presentations I wasn’t feeling very optimistic. The reason for this is because I believed that if we weren’t given lectures and were not being taught a syllabus of material then how were we suppose to learn. However, by now I feel that this is not the case at all. I actually feel like I have learnt a lot more than if we would have had a lecture every week. By doing my own research and having to produce a blog each week I feel like I have broadened my knowledge about the psychology of education whereas I may not have done if I was fed information each week. I can now say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the module and those traditional methods of teaching and learning are most definite not always the best way to learn.

One aspect in particular I have enjoyed is reading other peoples blogs and what they feel passionate about. In the beginning I thought I would struggle to come up with a topic each week however I found myself not knowing what to write about because I had so many ideas I wanted to share with everyone. I never knew there could be so many aspects to the psychology of education however I believe that we have all shown that the psychology of education could be discussed for hours on end. Reading other people’s blogs sparked my own ideas and it was really fascinating reading a blog that had original ideas that could potentially be very powerful and successful.

After a couple of weeks of researching around topics I became very passionate about a certain topic, which was the use of technology in education. I wanted to see how education had developed to cater for technology in their classrooms and how technology could be put to better use. However, this was all very basic stuff therefore I kept researching around the topic and came across the use of technology by students who have special needs. I found the research eye opening and started to question why aren’t schools and universities making better use of technology if it can be so beneficial to some people. Everyone deserves to learn and if there is a better and more effective way of doing that then why aren’t people doing it. It is safe to say I have learnt a lot about this topic and I believe I will feel passionately about it for a very long time.

Another aspect of the module I was wary of were the presentations. When I began I was very nervous however as I became more and more interested in the information I was presenting the nerves settled down a bit and I was more concerned in making the audience believe in the presentation I was giving. I wanted everyone to know that there could be drastic improvements made in the education system by doing small but effective changes. Hopefully these changes will get put into place sooner rather than later and future generations receive very effective education.

I would like to thank all my fellow peers in taking the time to read and comment on my blogs, I have read every single comment and have enjoyed reading all of your opinions. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blogs as well as listening to your presentations. I wish you all the very best in your upcoming exams and assignments.

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Masters psychology student in Bangor University.

5 responses to “Reflective Blog”

  1. psuf3c says :

    I agree with your comments about the presentations, this was something I too was wary of, although when I started to look into the topic I found it became easier. Like you say I developed a passion for the topic and talking about it became much easier and developing the information was enjoyable. Had the topics had to be on something specific, and given by the Module Organiser, then I think I would have struggled more. As the topics were of our choice it meant that we were able to explore it in our own way, and information was varied!

  2. dunekahnshillan says :

    I’ve found reading other student’s blogs enjoyable as well. Watching us all move through our themes, progressively developing deeper knowledge of a topic has given me an insight into both how others think and work. I never really feel like a part of a student body as I never see other people working or trying to understand psychological concepts, at least not very often. Watching us all develop knowledge in areas that we find fascinating has left me feeling that we are all learning together, teaching each other through our talks. Being a part of a learning experience for not just myself but everyone else as well was pretty inspiring, giving yet another level of motivation to this module.

  3. sjs91 says :

    I certainly agree. I was slightly sceptical at the start of the module, considering the workload we would be achieving week by week. By I think the module, overall, has been extremely successful in improving students organisational skills and academic life.

    I also agree about the presentations. I personally have found them to be enjoyable and excellent practise of public speaking. The ability to research a topic, come up with individual studies and ideas and then present your view and opinions to a class will be extremely useful in the future. I have certainly enjoyed watching students presentations and have learnt a lot about topics I am genuinely passionate about.

  4. psue68 says :

    I had the same feeling as you did at the beginning of this module, that I did not believe that I can handle the blogs and presentations. However, it comes out that I can remember clearly every piece of details I wrote on and most articles that I read and commented on. Besides, I would say that commenting on others blog makes learner have deeper understanding and more openness to others opinions. I used to be resistant to accept others’ values, however, reviewing others comments on my blogs oppositely, increases my passion to form a deeper form of thinking, where I actually learn to experience diversity. Anyway I enjoy reading your blogs!

  5. laurajanephillips1 says :

    I too was very wary of the presentations, I know we do POPPS but 5 minutes is very different to 15 minutes of standing in front off people talking about a subject that you’re supposed to have researched enough to be able to keep a talk running that long. However, the talks have made me more confident and have made me feel a lot more prepared for my dissertation presentation. Also, the talks are really good at creating a relaxing learning atmosphere which enable me to pay more attention than I would just sitting in a lecture theatre.

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