Ethics: The Importance Of Reflective Practice

What is reflective practice?

Reflective practice is simply thinking and questioning what one does on day-to-day basis.

It is crucial to be aware of how one should not reflect as well as how one should reflect. According to Thompson and Thompson (2008, cited in Barbara Bassot, 2015, p2), reflection should not consist only of taking a break for thinking. In addition, it is most useful when carried out collaboratively.

When it comes to the reasons why professionals should reflect thoroughly, it is necessary that one strips themselves of their personal perceptions, assumptions as well as emotional responses to a particular situation. One of the ways that one can ease themselves into critical-thinking and reflecting is lending some time to
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7) will give more time to reflect on particular aspect of one’s practice. This is indeed closely linked with time. Moreover, it should be highlighted that reflecting on only one aspect of one’s practice is more efficient since it is almost unfeasible to reflect on every single thing. It is also hazardous both to one’s health and attitude towards profession. When one has a tendency to become too critical and try to reflect on their practice in very much detail, this will hinder their intrinsic motivation. Thus it is much more beneficial to focus on certain facet of your practice, in that giving judicious decisions shall become the focal point of your reflection. In this questioning becomes very …show more content…
What is meant by that is that one should know which questions to ask to identify their strengths and areas for improvement. Hence, these factors contribute to the attitude (positive or negative) that individuals will harbour towards their practice. While this is the case, Tony Ghaye (2012) also clarifies the fact that it is essential that there is an established balance in asking positive and negative questions,otherwise, too much focus on either will divert our focus from the original point.

Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle

Together with Schon’s reflection-on-action (Tony Ghaye, 2012), Gibbs’ approach to reflective practice, whose work has been quite influential, is centred around the idea of reflecting on one aspect of one’s practice after the event has taken place as opposed to giving immediate response. To elaborate, one will take some time to self-evaluate through critical questioning, which can also be observed in the cycle that Gibbs himself came up with in his

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