Types of reflections
Journals can be used to record and reflect upon a situation / issue from a number of perspectives or viewpoints. The following table explores a reflection on cultural differences.
|Type of reflections
||Reflection on cultural differences
||It was really obvious that Australian and French humour differs substantially.
||Does this difference indicate deeper cultural differences between the two countries?
||It is possible that the differences in humour reflect different cultural values. These include...
||As ever, being able to successfully navigate cultural transition depends upon being prepared for it, understanding it when it does occur (including the natural 'ups' and 'downs') and dealing with it proactively.
|Integration of theory & ideas
Kohls (1999) describes cultural disorientation as the 'psychological disorientation' most people experience when they move into a culture markedly different from their own.
Kohls, Robert L. (2001). Survival Kit for Overseas Living (4th ed). Nicholas Brealey Publishing
||But here lies an opportunity for me to reflect upon deeper cultural differences through a formal anaysis of the concept of cultural disorientation and my own experiences.
The reflection cycle