The Reflective Process
Describe about the Depth Researches Based On Civilizations And Language.
The essay is about comparing a topic and the related research study presentation in terms of critically analyse the Gibb’s Framework for reflection and that of John’s model of structured reflection. The six steps that shape the Gibb’s model has been critically analysed and the issue is based on Sudanese people and then the issue has been compared with the five steps of John’s model of reflection. Descriptions about the current topic of Sudanese people, population of Sudan, geography, people and language of Sudan, River Nile and how its two major branches divide and originates Eastern African and Ethiopia, civilizations, culture and weddings in the nation have been clearly depicted in the presentation. What is the experience and feeling about the experience, the reaction throughout the experience as well as future experience are the key parts of the feelings step. On the other hand, evaluation consists of the sections based on good experiences during the research, bad experiences and at the end what was the experience. The analysis part of the comparison as per the Gibb’s framework is about the sense that is made of the current scenario and the model ends with a conclusion based on what could have done more while presenting the issue with an action plan of coming up with a nice presentation in the future if it arises again. Likewise, in case of John’s model, reflection of Sudanese population, culture, weddings, geography, people, civilizations and languages all over Sudan has to be critically analysed on the grounds of five major steps. Those steps are- reflection, influencing factors, how to deal with the analysis in a better way, learning and descriptive knowledge about the experience.
Sudan, officially known as Republic of the Sudan is a nation present at the north-eastern side of Africa. Sudan is the third largest country present in the entire Africa and the longest river of the globe, the Nile separates the country into eastern Sudan and the western Sudan. The predominant religion of the country is Islam. It is the descriptive part in which initially all the factors- population, rive Nile, language, people, culture and weddings related information of Sudan have been analysed deeply. My responsibility is to analyse all of these demographic, geographic, psychographic and behavioural as well as cultural factors present in Sudan with an in-depth manner with great profundity. It was a team work and the presentation work is primarily based on secondary research studies for which I have a team member of five different scholars. The context of the presentation was based on the topic of understanding and knowing about the Sudanese people and their culture as well as geographic aspects with more details. It is first step in which the descriptive part of the presentation is included and it provides the audience a clear-cut perspective of where is Sudan, what is its geographical status, what are the civilizations present in the nation, like- Kush.
Comparison between John's Model and Gibbs Model
Initially at the second step which is about analysis, the feeling was a little bit indulgent but moderate. It is because, the presentation hardly provides any of the current facts as it was based on secondary research studies. The to-the-point approach of the presentation about Sudanese people doesn’t really make anybody to make it into any sort of further actions or intellectual thoughts because the presentation was on the basis of factual data but not about the creative context or descriptive critical analysis about Sudan. So, there is no noteworthy reaction as there is nothing to argue over here when it is about the current data of Sudan and not about some issue of Sudanese people. The after experience of the presentation is that many new points and data about the unknowing facts of Sudanese people came to the surface which was quite knowledgeable for the audiences and it helps them to understand more about the aboriginal ethnic background of Sudan along with its geographical dispersion and civilizations. The third section of the academic presentation study revolves around the facts related to Sudanese people based on their language and the tribes. The official languages of this country are- English and literary Arabic as per the Republic of Sudan constitution. Around 114 languages belong to the native Sudan where above 500 accents are generally spoken. It was good information which the audiences gained along with familiarity about the long cherished wedding culture which reflects the Henna party. So, it can be mentioned that this part of the presentation went very well and the description was almost impeccable as the fact-based data was behind the entire presentation. During explaining the fifth slide which was about the civilizations of Sudanese people, only the Kushites were taken into consideration which was a civilization with a back ground of almost 2,000 years. But, it was not mentioned that along with Kingdom of Kush, there were other significant civilizations, like- Makuria, Meroe, Kerma, Alodia and Nobatia. In the language section, there was no mention of Nilo-Saharan language which is considered as one of the oldest recorded language of this North-east African nation. This can be considered as the bad experience and therefore it didn’t work while the audiences put some questions forward relevant to these civilizations and the languages in Sudan. I think that the presentation could have done in a more informative way which would have possible with some more in-depth information about the nation and its people. The overall experience was good but it could have been better when it comes to the civilizations, people and language parts. But, it is also worth-mentioning that the population section along with the culture and weddings and the two river Nile sections were so good that the audience appreciated the presentation in terms of reflective information searching. Ethical consideration and empirical data were given the most thoughtful approaches as the researchers were told not to manipulate the presentation with any kind of hypothetical information as it was not a guess work. Experience based on the aesthetics of the presentation is honestly low standard as the slides looked obsolete and the information was hazy, but on an informative point of view, the overall presentation was outstanding.
When it comes to comparing the same presentation by using John’s model of reflection as a tool, it should be mentioned there that the presentation was about comprehending the Sudanese people with more insightfulness. What I was trying to achieve that the audiences and the readers would know about the culture, population, civilizations, people, the Nile River and the geography of this North-east African Nation. The initial segment of the presentation is about the population of the country. A majority part of the population belongs to the descendants of the migrants who had come to the country from the Arabian Peninsula. The population of Sudan in 2015 estimate was around 40,235,000 and the population density of this nation is around 16.4 per Kilometre square. Khartoum is the capital of this country with a population of 4.632 million. The population growth rate of the nation is 30.01/1000 and therefore the country is at 35th position when it comes to its contribution towards the world population. The entire area of Sudan is approximately 1,886,068 square Km.
Figure 1: John’s Model of Reflection
According to the census of 2008, the population of Sudan was very low, which was around 30,894,000, which increased significantly up to 38,847,910 in the year 2013. The second part of the presentation is about the geography of the country and it wouldn’t be incorrect to mention that the nation is about 1/4th the size of the US and it is known as North Sudan because it is situated at the northern east part of Africa. Egypt, Libya are the countries present on the northern region of Sudan, whereas Chad and the CAR (Central African Republic) are present on the west border of the country, Ethiopia as well as Eritrea are present on the eastern side and other countries like- South Sudan, Democratic Republic, Uganda and Kenya present on the southern region. At the eastern coast of Sudan, the Red Sea is there 500 miles away from the country. The Nile River flows through the country from north to south by dividing the country into East Sudan and West Sudan. Over three hundred tribes are present in Sudan, such as- Danagla, Shaigia, Gaalien, Bija, Kababish, Fur, Baggara, Hamar, Skeluk, Newir etc. Various ethnic groups are present in Sudan, among which 70% of the population belong to Arabs. Other major ethnic groups, like- Copts, Nubians and Zaghawa are there in Sudan. White Nile along with Blue Nile, are the two main branches of the Nile River. Khartoum, the capital of Sudan is the point of joining of these two rivers at the North Eastern region of Africa. Lake Tana and Lake Victoria are the two main sources of the Nile River and this river flows through different countries, such as- Kenya, Egypt, Rwanda, Zaire, Ethiopia, Burundi, Uganda and Tanzania.
But here, what I was trying to achieve that people will know the fact-based data about the African nation not the critical analysis based information about a certain issue of Sudan. So, there was no issue involved here for which there was no base for argument over a particular topic. I experienced a lot more satisfied when the presentation was analysed by using Gibbs Model of Reflection because Gipps’s model my reflection allows for more in depth analysis like it involves the feelings.
Figure 2: Gibbs Reflective Cycle
Along with there were some external factors, like- giving ideas about phenomenon and how the people received it, perfect aesthetic of the presentation, purpose and objectives, context of the study and clarifying the reflection that have both positive and negative impacts on my experience as it regulated the overall presentation. On the other hand, some internal factors like- finding the perfect space to present, giving attention to the emotions and thoughts, writing down the thoughts which I should have looked in while presenting. The sources of knowledge were books, magazines, academic articles and previous research studies as well as census count, website of Government of Sudan etc and from all of these 100% straightforward and accurate data could be captured.
The presentation could have done better if more empirical studies would have been taken into account and the future directional studies would have been thought while learning the new information and doing some in-depth researches based on civilizations and languages as well as more information in the population and the River Nile sections. For example- The official languages of this country are- English and literary Arabic as per the Republic of Sudan constitution. Around 114 languages belong to the native Sudan where above 500 accents are generally spoken- this information is appropriate but not informative. It is because learning is the most imperative step while dwelling on John’s model of reflection. Here, further actions can be taken which should be on the basis of future work with more insightfulness but with a touch of critical analysis regarding the research study of Sudan and Sudanese people.
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