Diana Falk

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Winter 1995

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NSEE Quarterly

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"Preflection" is a strategy designed as a tool to enhance and enrich the reflection process. It is actually a reflective session that is held prior to the service experience. Students are encouraged to imagine what the experience will be like and to express any feelings they might have as they anticipate their involvement. Comments are recorded and are reviewed with the students after the service has been completed. Being able to look back on their pre-service thoughts and feelings and compare and contrast them to the reality of the actual experience has the effect of promoting and focusing discussion, and deepening insights into the relevance of the service for all participants. For those interested in expanding their repertoire of options for the reflection component of service-learning, preflection can provide the framework for a variety of reflection activities.