Enhanced Reflection : A set of reflexive techniques for self-directed enquiry and self-managed learning
Welcome to PIVOT. On this page you will find a suite of activities that have been designed specifically to help professional learners with the most important aspect of their studies - themselves and the people they work with.
Derived from Personal Construct Psychology (Fransella, 2005), these reflexive techniques will help students to critically reflect upon, identify and explore their developing sense of professional identity through their individual values and personal learning aims. The self-contained activities have full explanatory instructions and there are also accompanying video clips of two people demonstrating their use. The exploratory dialogue between a student and their facilitator (tutor, mentor or assessor) is a key part of the enhanced reflection experience. The tools are designed to build upon each other and so will work best if used in order for the first time.
A pre-PIVOT taster - the 'Commemorative Trophy for Good Works' is a short entry-level exercise that starts you thinking about yourself and how you think others 'see' you. It will give you an idea of the kind of enhanced reflection that the PIVOT tools will ask you to do.
PIVOT Stage 1 is the foundation activity and provides an introduction to personal constructs. It is important to start here as the experience of enhanced reflection and the generation of your own personal construct grid will form the basis of further exploration of your values and learning aims.
PIVOT Stage 2 encourages deeper reflection upon your professional and personal values in practice. You will capture what is really important to you now, and your future aspirations. It may bring out ideas and values that you weren't aware of holding dear to you - a sort of 'I didn't know I knew it' experience.
PIVOT Stage 3 draws upon the first two stages of personal constructs and values and enables you to generate your own concrete learning aims to work with in your practice setting. Therefore they will be unique and (most) meaningful only to you. You will be prioritising and scaling up to three constructs to develop personal goals and learning objectives and you will be identifying significant steps in reaching these.
Note for post-qualified workers and students
Some of the element labels in the materials, such as on the element cards and personal construct grid, may need to be slightly amended. Please be creative to change these to reflect your own needs. These tools provide essential staged processes but the actual elements are open for your own use. See Fransella (2005) in the further references section for more discussions about the creative use of Personal Construct Psychology techniques.
Conferences and publications:
1. A presentation on personal construct psychology - Personalisation skills was made at the JSWEC Conference in July 2009