Reflection Paper Guidelines
This Reflection Paper is a critical analysis of an ethical issue that leads to a decision on the appropriate response to the issue. It also shows how the decision fits into your overall approach to life.
Part of the reflection included in the paper is constructing an argument that supports your decision. This is NOT simply restating your preconceived ideas. Rather, it is an objective well thought out, and well developed, rationale for the decision. It should demonstrate your mastery and ability to apply what we have covered in the course.
The paper should have the following sections:
This section will require some research. The information you consider should come from some source. Be sure to use reliable sources and give appropriate credit to those sources.
If you discount information from a source, there should be some evidence within your paper that you considered the information. There also should be some rationale as to why that information was discounted.
Research should also be a part of the use of the Bible and Christian Tradition. For example, there may be more than one translation and interpretation of biblical passages. You should consider the options and conclude which you feel is most revelatory. Scripture should be supported with chapter and verse references.
You should strive to identify your feelings and preconceived biases. These should be identified early on the reflection process so that your reflection can be based on an open consideration of the information (revelation) available.
Decision. Your decision should be logically and clearly spelled out. You may only be able to âsketch outâ a decision making process without making the paper inordinately long. But, some sort of a decision making process should be evident. Be sure to challenge yourself in this process. Make the decision your own.
Virtue/Narrative. In this section discuss how your concept of virtues affected your decision. Also, show how your decision reinforced or was compatible with your understanding of a virtuous life as it relates to your life. The point of this section is to integrate individual decision making into and overall approach to life (that is, your narrative).
One inch margins
You can use any format you are comfortable using. Be sure to use footnotes and references as appropriate for the format. The number of references will vary depending on the issue. References should be reputable, so exercise caution if accessing materials from unknown sources on the internet. Generally, you are safe if your sources end in âeduâ as that indicates an educational site. Also, the Campbell Library has excellent research tools for extended campus students. The course Blackboard site has a link to the Library, along with instructions on accessing the Library.
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