Reflection Essay

I. Reflection Piece: a minimum of 3-4 pages double spaced with works cited page. Prepare a critical analysis of your CURRENT perspectives on your own educational process and how you think it will impact your future career.

First read the three papers below.

  1. Kolhberg’s Stages of Moral Development Cognitive Moral Development (Kohlberg);
  2. Values Clarification
  3. Motivation Theory Motivation Profile (McClelland)

APPLY the theoretical concepts to your CURRENT review and then address these questions in your essay:

In your intro paragraph, summarize the article or articles that most apply to you and then create a clear thesis statement on how education and your key values will support your chosen career.

Next, consider what would be the terminal value that you would place as the single most important goal that would propel you toward living your life the most fully? What would be the next most important terminal value you could integrate into your life that would have the greatest positive affect?

In the next paragraph, discuss how motivation and values change as a person matures. Have you seen yourself focus more or your values and progress in your moral development?

In your summary address who you are currently as a college student transitioning into your major fields of study. Why are you choosing this field of study based on your values, needs and level of motivation? Have you been able to see growth in yourself as far as critical thinking, analyzing situations in your decision making process? How do you plan on becoming a contributing citizen in our global society?

Thoughts for getting started: Self-description is only the first step. Just as an example: “I am basically a good person and have always gotten along well with people.” This is self-description. It is simplistic, naïve, and tells very little about you. Beware of personal history. Your life story is simply easy filler, keep the story of your life to a minimum. Stay away, too, from tedious recitations of personal characteristics, skills, over-detailed career plan, likes and dislikes, abilities, survey results or anything that presents dry facts and figures that do not lead to a fruitful analysis. Avoid listing strengths and weaknesses.

Despite the personal nature of the content, your paper is expected to show the qualities present in any well written paper (logical progression, an introduction, body, and conclusion, not to omit good grammar and accurate spelling).

Use this opportunity to examine yourself honestly and completely. It’s good practice for the future decision making as well as job searching. Ask yourself questions – What are my values? Am I living up to them? What am I doing to achieve them? The personal value of this paper is truly up to you.