Sample Reflection Questions

Feel free to use the following sample reflection questions for your Critical Reflection assignments.  You are also welcome to use the questions found in the DEAL Model, or create your very own. 

  • What is your role at the community organization/site?
  • What were your initial expectations?
    • Have these expectations changed?
    • If yes or no, explain how and why
  • What about your community involvement has been an eye-opening experience?
  • How do you motivate yourself to go to your placement site?
  • What specific skills have you used at your placement site?
  • Describe a person you have encountered in the community who made a strong impression on you, positive or negative
  • Do you see the benefits of doing work in the community?
    • Why or why not?
  • Has your view of the population with whom you have been working changed?
    • How has this changed?
  • How has the environment and social conditions affected the individuals at the site?
  • What institutional structures are in place at the site or within the community?
    • How do they affect the individuals you work with?
  • Has the experience affected your view of the world?
    • If so, how?
  • Have your career options been expanded by your experience?
    • If so, how?
  • Why does the organization you are working for exist?
  • Has anything about your community involvement surprised you?
    • If so, what has?
  • What have you done that seems to be effective or ineffective in the community?
  • How does your understanding of the community changed as a result of your participation?
  • How can you continue your involvement with this group or social issue?
  • How can you educate others or raise awareness about this group or social issue?
  • What are the most difficult or satisfying parts of your work? Why?
  • Talk about any disappointments or successes of your project.
    • What did you learn from it?
  • During your experience, did you feel as though you were cast as an “outsider”?
    • If so, explain how you see being an “outsider” differs from being an “insider”
  • How are your values expressed through your experience?
  • What makes you feel uncomfortable when working in the community?  Why?
  • Complete this sentence: Because of my experience, I am…

Referenced from:
https://www.ipfw.edu/offices/sl/student_resources/reflection.html