Reflection in Practice

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making

Practice-Based
Learning
work

Reflection on
PRACTICE

A resource commissioned by the Making Practice
Based Learning Work project, an educational development project funded through FDTL Phase 4
Project Number 174/02 and produced by staff from the
University of Ulster.

www.practicebasedlearning.org

Author

Patricia McClure

School of Health Sciences, University of Ulster

www.practicebasedlearning.org

contents
Reflection on Practice

02

The Role of Reflective Practice

03

Time for Reflection

05

Pre-requisites for Effective Reflection and Supervision

09

The Process of a Supervision Session

11

Adopting a Mentoring Approach

12

Tensions and Anxieties in Practice Placement
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To do this, you

always find other ways of doing things based on our

must think of a particular moment in time, ponder over it,

learning from previous experiences.

We will

go back through it and only then will you gain new insights into different aspects of that situation. According to Kolb

Building up experience is a gradual process. The student

(1984) reflecting is an essential element of learning. This is

will develop reflective abilities during the course of their

shown through an experiential learning cycle illustrated

learning on placement. Reflection should initially develop in

below.

safe environments where mistakes are tolerated. He/she can then reflect and discuss the decisions that were made

Kolb’s Learning Cycle

during their supervision sessions with their practice educator. Reflection should become integral to these

sessions.
Concrete Experience
Concerned with something that has happened to you or that you have done.
Concerned with adopting your new ideas into practice.

When reflecting-on-action, the first step in the process is the description of the incident and it is advisable that student health care practitioners keep a reflective diary (as memory cannot be relied upon for the detail of events) in
Reflective

which they record details of incidents that either troubled or

Concerned with reviewing the event or experience in your mind and

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