In this journal, we have examined a range of theoretical approaches and practical issues in relation to reflective practice. We began our journey with an exploration of some seminal literature on reflective practice, which encourages us to learn from our professional experience by evaluating it, in order to improve it. We then progressed towards our destination of critically reflective practice by examining the role of feelings in relation to professional practice, followed by a consideration of how we make assumptions and the importance of challenging these in order to practise in a critically reflective way. To do this, the importance of considering our own ethics and values was discussed and the importance of reflecting with others was highlighted as part of this process. Bringing it all together and moving forward This section will: ❍ Introduce you to the Integrated Reflective Cycle ❍ Discuss two seminal theories in relation to the management of change ❍ Emphasise the importance of managing stress ❍ Introduce you to Johns’ work on reflection as a way of being ❍ Encourage you to engage in Senge’s Personal Mastery The Integrated Reflective Cycle (Bassot, 2013) shown in Figure 6 draws on several of these approaches. It is useful to compare and contrast different theories, as they often have their relative strengths and weaknesses. In this cycle, I highlight the strengths of a number of theoretical models and have posed questions around the cycle in order to prompt your thinking. Taking a questioning approach to your professional practice is an excellent way of delving deeper into not only what you did, but why – a key feature of critically reflective practice. Clearly, this approach is not completely new, as this cycle draws on some of the questions posed by Gibbs (1998) and Johns (2009).
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