ERIC Number: EJ1022830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Evaluating the Use of Reflective Practice in a Nonprofessional, Undergraduate Clinical Communication Skills Course
Beveridge, Tyler S.; Fruchter, Lauren L.; Sanmartin, Cleo V.; deLottinville, Carl B.
Teaching in Higher Education, v19 n1 p58-71 2014
Recent studies suggest that the quality of reflective practice being achieved in educational settings is inadequate. Our study aims to determine the level of reflection present in written student reflections in a nonprofessional undergraduate course. We also seek to explore student and instructor perspectives on the value of reflective practices. A measurement instrument was developed to assess the depth of reflection in student submissions. Questionnaires and focus groups were utilized to further examine the role of reflective practice. Our findings suggest that most students are not aware of the objective of reflection and that only 19% of students actually achieve reflection as described by major theorists. However, 95% of participants believe that the exercise is beneficial to their learning. We conclude that the lack of guidance and unclear objectives may contribute to the students' inability to reflect. Nevertheless, reflections were deemed effective in providing an avenue for self-assessment and learning consolidation.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Reflection, College Faculty, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Measures (Individuals), Questionnaires, Focus Groups, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Communication Skills, Undergraduate Students, Journal Writing, Evaluators, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada