For the next Social Work Journal Club chat, I’ve chosen this article “Critical Reflection : Reflecting on Learning to be Reflective” by Helen Hickson and published in 2011 in “Reflective Practice : International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives”. I’ll write up a summary and some questions next week some time but in the meantime, this is the abstract where Hickson writes:
In this paper, I explore reflective practice literature and the elements of critical reflection, and I reflect on my experiences of learning and using a critical reflection approach to better understand a significant incident. This reflective paper is written from my personal perspective as a social worker using Fook and Gardner’s model of critical reflection to provide a framework to reflect, explore and learn from my own experiences. The Fook and Gardner approach to critical reflection encourages deconstruction and analysis of a personal or professional experience to understand the different assumptions, relationships and influences embedded within it and how it affects our practice. As new understandings emerge, the individual is able to reconstruct this incident and develop new techniques to deal with a similar incident in the future.
I hope it will be an opportunity to discuss how we use reflection in practice (and while studying) and what it means to practice improvement generally.