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ERIC Number: ED310672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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The Role of Reflection in Professional Medical Education: A Conceptual Change Interpretation.
Hewson, Mariana G.; And Others
Ideas concerning reflection in general, the role of reflection in cognitive apprenticeship, and reflection in action are discussed. The notion of reflection in a particular setting is presented for two cases: the professional education and training of physicians, and a teaching improvement program in which a teacher-teacher coach facilitates the improvement of teaching skills of attending physicians who staff the residents in a general internal medicine clinic (GIMC). Added meaning, relevance, and usefulness are given to the term reflection through the language of learning as conceptual change. Reflection is reviewed theoretically in cognitive apprenticeship and in reflective practice and as a conceptual change model of learning. The nature of knowledge to be learned through the reflective process focuses on professional management skills and knowledge about teaching methods appropriate to the GIMC. The Teaching Improvement Program in the GIMC (intended to offer a springboard for reflecting about teaching residents in the clinic) is described. Two episodes that occurred during a 1989 Teaching Improvement Project are analyzed for reflectiveness and interpreted in terms of the conceptual change model. Professional training is potentially an excellent setting in which supervisors can make use of the teaching strategy of reflection to foster conceptual learning. Reflection is one strategy that is the basis for self-learning. Contains 2 tables and 19 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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