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ERIC Number: ED491374
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 257
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-1-4129-0811-6
Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development. Second Edition
Bolton, Gillie
Paul Chapman Publishing
Working reflectively with the whole self entails harnessing artistic talents alongside other talents. If practice itself is an art, then reflection upon it is also an artistic process (Bleakley 1999; Winter et al. 1999). Expressive and explorative writing relies on habitual communicating medium, words, gives validity, form and coherence over time and space, and aesthetic illumination. This book offers an introduction to effective reflective practice using writing, based on teaching and research experience with doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, counselors, teachers, clinical psychologists, and in business consultantancy. Practitioners write stories, poetry or drama about their work, or their research data, then submit these to discussion with a facilitated group, supervisor, mentor or peer-mentor. A short story or poem is a slice of life, metonymically revealing the whole. The processes of writing develop and clarify writers' understanding of data or experience; discussions draw out issues and locate gaps and queries, extending the learning process for writer as well as group (mentor). Writers become readers and co-critics, listeners co-authors. A closely observed event, however small, written about, reflected upon, discussed critically, and reexplored through further writings stands metonymically for the whole of that reflective writer's practice. This critical research also encompasses the reading of a wide range of appropriate texts, thoroughly and clearly embedding the whole reflective process consciously in the practitioners wide political, cultural and social/professional context. This book is organized into the following fourteen chapters: (1) An Introduction to Reflective Practice; (2) Narrative-Based Practice; (3) Through the Looking-Glass; (4) Writing as a Reflective Practitioner; (5) Principles of Reflective Practice; (6) Pulling Together: Writing for Peers; Team Creation; (7) Why Narrative?; (8) Metaphor and Poetry; (9) Assessment and Evaluation; (10) How to Begin Writing; (11) The Learning Journal; (12) Writing in Genre; (13) Group Processes and Facilitation; and (14) Reflection on Reflection. [This book was published by Paul Chapman Publishing.]
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