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Reflective Practice

Janet Hargreaves, Louise Page

ISBN: 978-0-745-65424-9 December 2013 Polity 188 Pages


Reflective practice is an essential skill for those working in health and social care, but why is it so vital and how can it be learned? As inter-disciplinary working becomes more common, finding shared ways of reflection on practice are becoming more and more important. How do we share our ideas and thoughts to enrich both professionals and their client base?

This book uses stories and exercises to enable readers to develop their skills. Its emphasis is on the practical, from how to construct a reflective essay to the ethical ambiguities of whistleblowing and constructing a professional persona.

The book is written with the needs of students of health and social care in mind. For those who want to develop their skills beyond the scope of the book, each chapter ends by with a step-up suggestion enabling them to build on what they have already learned.

Figures vi

Tables vii

Boxes vii

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction ix

1. Reflection in context: what this book is all about 1

2. The context of reflective practice: choosing an approach that works for you 20

3. The Reflective Timeline 45

4. Writing reflection for assessment: the individual voice 66

5. Reflecting together: the collective voice 87

6. Expressing reflection in other ways 107

7. Reflective practice is ethical practice 126

8. Asking difficult questions – exploring reflection in challenging situations 146

9. Is reflection always a good thing? Arguments and evidence 162

10. Conclusion: embedding reflection – looking forward 177

References 182

Index 189

“This is a very good book, clearly written, easy to read and definitely worth a place in any social worker’s collection.”
British Journal of Social Work
  • Gives students and professionals a clear, accessible guide to an increasingly essential set of skills for health and social care
  • Gives readers a toolkit to enable them to learn from their own professional experiences
  • Ideally suited to the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of working and learning
  • Grounded in concrete examples relevant to students and professionals’ own everyday experiences