This important textbook is a revised and updated edition of a very well-received and much-appreciated insightful guide to reflective practice designed for students, practitioners and managers of social work, health care and related fields. Its clear and careful integration of both the 'thinking and doing' elements of the often challenging task of practising reflectively makes this book an ideal text at all levels of study and practice. Divided into two parts, the book focuses first on theoretical issues to help develop a sound foundation of understanding of critically reflective practice and then on practical guidance on how to make this type of practice a reality.
Written by two highly respected authors with a strong track record in explaining complex ideas clearly and accessibly without oversimplifying them, this textbook is accompanied by Palgrave's It's All About People website, developed to showcase the work of Neil Thompson and Sue Thompson.
Sue Thompson and Neil Thompson both have extensive experience in the helping professions as practitioners, educators and advisers. They are currently involved in developing innovative online learning resources as part of their commitment to developing critically reflective practice (www.avenueonlinelearningcentre.co.uk). They offer a free newsletter at www.humansolutions.org.uk.
Preface.- Acknowledgements.- About the authors.- Introduction.- Part 1: Understanding Reflective Practice.- 1 What is Reflective Practice?.- The legacy of Schoen.- Integrating theory and practice.- Theorizing practice.- Critically reflective practice.- Conclusion.- 2 Dimensions of Reflection.- Introduction.- The cognitive dimension: the power of thought.- The affective dimension: reflecting on feelings.- The values dimension: reflecting on values.- Conclusion.- 3 Contexts for Reflection.- Introduction.- Personal reflective space.- Dyadic reflective space.- Group reflective space.- Conclusion.- Part 2 Making Reflective Practice a Reality.- 4 Using Strategies and Techniques.- Introduction.- Tools for promoting reflection.- Conclusion.- 5 Recording and Assessing Reflection.- Introduction.- Why write reflective accounts?.- When to write reflective accounts.- Expectations of reflective accounts.- Assessing reflective accounts.- Conclusion.- 6 Barriers to Reflective Practice.- Introduction.- Time constraints.- Waning commitment.- Organizational culture.- A lack of appropriate skills.- Anxiety, fear or low confidence.- Misunderstanding the nature of reflective practice.- Conclusion.- 7 Conclusion: Rising to the Challenge.- Introduction.- Thinking.- Thinking critically.- Being self-aware.- Capitalizing on learning.- Supporting others.- Being professional.- Making practice work.- Conclusion.- Guide to Further Learning.- References.- Index