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Moving from technical to critical reflection in journalling: an investigation of students' ability to incorporate three levels of reflective writing

Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, The
Volume 19 Issue 1 (2001 Sep-Nov)

Abstract: This paper outlines a research project aimed at changing the levels of reflection of preregistration nursing students in a tertiary institution. Whilst reflection is widely espoused now in nursing, few studies have been found that identify whether the level of reflective writing can be identified or developed by students. Anecdotal and research evidence (Powell 1989; van Manen 1977) however indicates that most student reflective writing occurs at the technical level. A descriptive exploratory study using both qualitative and quantitative techniques was undertaken to apply van Manen's (1977) levels in a structured way in an attempt to facilitate the student's understanding and use of the levels in their reflective writing. The findings of the study indicate that student self evaluation and identification of the levels in their own writing can lead to change in the levels of critical reflective writing achieved by undergraduate students. (author abstract)

To cite this article: Tollefson, J; Francis, D and Usher, K. Moving from technical to critical reflection in journalling: an investigation of students' ability to incorporate three levels of reflective writing [online]. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, The, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2001 Sep-Nov: 15-9. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=406168175290398;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 0813-0531. [cited 30 Jul 16].

Personal Author: Tollefson, J; Francis, D; Usher, K; Source: Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, The, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2001 Sep-Nov: 15-9 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0813-0531 EISSN: 1447-4328 Subject: Medical technology; Thought and thinking; Nursing students--Psychology; Medical writing; Nursing--Study and teaching; Affiliation: (1) School of Nursing Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Qld
(2) School of Nursing Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Qld
(3) School of Nursing Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Qld

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