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DEAL is an acronym for describe, examine, and articulate learning (Clayton, 2017; Ash & Clayton, 2009).

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DEAL is an acronym for describe, examine, and articulate learning (Clayton, 2017; Ash & Clayton, 2009). The DEAL Reflection Paper that you’re writing for this assignment should not be your typical academic paper. Although it is an academic and scholarly paper, it should also demonstrate critical self-reflection and first person examinations. Your DEAL Reflection Paper should:
Demonstrate critical thinking (i.e., refer to and apply Paul and Elder’s (2006) intellectual standards for critical thinking)
Demonstrate self-awareness
Integrate and correctly cite academic content (Please note that this does not mean throwing in a citation here and there; rather, your integration of academic content should be thoughtful and meaningful)
In summary, your DEAL reflection paper must be informed by personal/professional experience and by academic content. It should have three distinct sections, as outlined below, and it should be written in APA 6th edition format.
Part 1: Describe
Provide an objective description detailing how you have come to understand what it means to be a professional social worker in light of your learning experience in this course, as well as any practice experience you may have had in the last year. Be sure to describe your reactions, thoughts, and feelings observed as you completed the modules in this course. Do not restate the content provided in the modules but instead, reflect on what you have learned and show your understanding.
Part 2: Examine (to look closely for purposeful learning)
Building on Part 1, answer the following questions in detail:
What does it mean to be a professional social worker?
How does one achieve professionalism?
How do social work values and ethics inform professional social work practice?
How do you monitor/manage personal values and beliefs alongside the NASW Code of Ethics (NASW, 2008)?
How is self-care relevant to professional social work practice?
Important Note: Your answers should include a thoughtful examination (i.e., an analysis, not a report of what you merely observed, which was covered in Part 1) and discussion using examples, meanings derived, and interpretations, as well as self-awareness. Make sure you demonstrate the intellectual standards for critical thinking (Paul and Elder, 2006).
Part 3: Articulate learning
Respond to the following, being specific to this critical reflection assignment:
I learned that…
I learned this when…
This learning matters because…
In light of this learning…
In addition to the criteria outlined in the assignment instructions, please refer to the DEAL Reflection Paper rubric (DOCX, 14KB)  download.
When finished, save your file as reflection_paper.docx and upload it to this assignment.
Ash, S. L., & Clayton, P. H. (2009). Generating, deepening, and documenting learning: The power of critical reflection in applied learning. Journal of Applied Learning in Higher Education, 1(Fall), 25-48.
Clayton, P. H. (2017). Critical reflection for learning and assessment: Generating, deepening, and documenting learning. Presentation, Feb. 28-March 2. IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
Paul, R., & Elder, L. (2006). Critical thinking: Tools for taking charge of your learning and your life (2nd ed.). Columbus: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns if you are unsure how to answer or word a question. Please review references provided as  instructor put emphasis on ( Paul and Elder).

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