Reflective Practice: Retrospective reality and rhetoric or strategies to enhance clinical practice?


Reflective practice appears to be a "buzz word" in educational circles in present times. It is encouraged and deemed essential in nursing practice and in the teaching of nursing curricula. This paper will attempt to challenge two basic assumptions upon which reflective practice is based. These are the assumptions that reflective practice is objective and that there is action associated with reflection. These arguments will be set within a nursing context. Strategies employed by the School of Nursing, Notre Dame University to enhance clinical practice using reflective practice will be addressed.

This paper will address the main forum theme of "The Reflective Practitioner". An area of the forum that this paper will refer to is theoretical underpinnings of innovative practices in teaching and learning from the perspective of educators in the School of Nursing, Notre Dame University.


Published in Full, Peer-reviewed


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