Reflective practice writing and professional development pdf

It has always surprised my books that have had most impact, and the parts of those books that people remember most clearly, have pretty much always featured narrative.

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Reflective Practice Writing and Professional Development is packed with examples of activities, exercises and instructions that can be adapted in multiple contexts. The largely new first section focuses on the key theoretical and conceptual ideas that underpin the process of reflection and explores in greater detail than earlier editions the difference between reflection and reflexivity. You will be provoked and impressed by the breadth of authors and concepts Gillie invokes and the variety of narrative forms she explores. The final section of the book returns to a broader, almost philosophical discussion of the power of narratives, metaphors, autobiography and other creative writing styles to enable the reader to engage reflexively with their experiences. Second Edition Bolton, Gillie Paul Chapman Publishing Working reflectively with the whole self entails harnessing artistic talents alongside other talents. It can enable the exploration of thought, feelings and experiences, uncovering layers of meanings. It is a key way of dealing with all the problems for which there is no straightforward response. There is something about writing your version of events that brings home to you the editorial power of the narrator. Past events cannot be changed, but our feelings about them can be, and practitioners can learn from each others' experiences. Indeed, the changes are so extensive that this is close to being a new book rather than just a revision of the earlier edition, in that it takes the best elements from her previous work and supplements them with much new material. 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. Narrative and story are powerful; metaphors can galvanize a group, communicating in a shorthand way a vision of where we wish to go in a project. Writing a story down, however, is an act imbued with a sense of permanence and seriousness. For professionals, writing about practice and then discussing it confidentially with appropriate others, can be an adventure into the heart of practice.

It can enable the exploration of thought, feelings and experiences, uncovering layers of meanings. 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.

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The book is not only a very useful and practical handbook designed to enable both students and practitioners to develop and use reflective writing for the purposes of professional development each chapter finishes with very helpful signposts to further reading as well as practical writing exercises to undertake but it also acts a valuable source text on the underlying key principles, concepts and theories which underpin that practical application of reflective and reflexive processes. It remains the most contemporary, readable and relevant book for many subject areas. In clear and lively prose Gillie builds her case for the importance of writing and provides numerous examples of helpful activities and exercises, not only in this book but also in the accompanying web site. Reflective practice provides a holistic approach to growth, involving our emotional and aesthetic sides as well as rational thinking, and exploring the consequences of jobs being embedded in organizational and political life' - Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy 'Reflective practice is one of the most powerful methods for professionals in any field to engage in self-development. 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. The author demonstrates a creative and effective mode of reflective practice, using the illuminative force of explorative writing alongside the in-depth educative facilitation of group work or mentoring; and appropriate focussed research. The third edition is a more than worthy successor. Gillie argues forcefully and persuasively that conducting internal dialogues questioning practice is not enough and that an essential component of reflective analysis is writing. I am inspired to try the process for myself, and ready to recommend it to all caring professionals, and anyone whose main job is dealing with people. There is something about writing your version of events that brings home to you the editorial power of the narrator. However, its usefulness extends beyond its target market of students and practitioners seeking to improve their professional practice. Second Edition Bolton, Gillie Paul Chapman Publishing Working reflectively with the whole self entails harnessing artistic talents alongside other talents. The examples show how useful these methods can be' - Amazon Review 'Reflecting on what we do is supposed to lead to wisdom, and professionals in a number of different fields have been encouraged to do this for some years.

Second Edition Bolton, Gillie Paul Chapman Publishing Working reflectively with the whole self entails harnessing artistic talents alongside other talents. Writing a story down, however, is an act imbued with a sense of permanence and seriousness.

It is also a method of transforming the level of collaboration among colleagues.

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The final section of the book returns to a broader, almost philosophical discussion of the power of narratives, metaphors, autobiography and other creative writing styles to enable the reader to engage reflexively with their experiences.

When I write a story of some event I am made far more aware of my tendency to edit out troublesome details or contradictions.

Reflective practice pdf

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. The final section of the book returns to a broader, almost philosophical discussion of the power of narratives, metaphors, autobiography and other creative writing styles to enable the reader to engage reflexively with their experiences. Reflective Practice Writing and Professional Development is packed with examples of activities, exercises and instructions that can be adapted in multiple contexts. There is something about writing your version of events that brings home to you the editorial power of the narrator. Past events cannot be changed, but our feelings about them can be, and practitioners can learn from each others' experiences. It is a book both for professionals in training and for those who are experienced and needing ways in which to cope with the realities of their calling - the shortage of time and resources, the bureaucratic demands, the limits to what they can do for their students, clients or patients' - Amazon Review 'Gillie Bolton's workshops in reflective writing are one of the best forms of continuing education that I have experienced 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. It would thus be of great use to researchers who use observational or ethnographic methodologies as well as the broad spectrum of action research and collaborative methodologies. As Gillie points out, we all have internal supervisors, justifiers and saboteurs who undermine and distort our versions of events. She is also not afraid to confront the ways we sometimes become stuck in our stories. 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. Gillie has helped me understand better why this is the case and also why the power of narrative is sensed, and sometimes avoided, by students.

A short story or poem is a slice of life, metonymically revealing the whole. 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.

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This is a practical in-depth guide. I am inspired to try the process for myself, and ready to recommend it to all caring professionals, and anyone whose main job is dealing with people. Gillie Bolton's book offers a better way. This section of the book makes great use of, and reference to, examples of reflective recording for discussion and illustrative purposes. In Reflective Practice, Gillie Bolton provides a torch that helps us to shine a light on our personal motivations, anxieties, needs and defences, giving us the insights we need to better care for the patients, families and carers that we serve. The book is not only a very useful and practical handbook designed to enable both students and practitioners to develop and use reflective writing for the purposes of professional development each chapter finishes with very helpful signposts to further reading as well as practical writing exercises to undertake but it also acts a valuable source text on the underlying key principles, concepts and theories which underpin that practical application of reflective and reflexive processes. This book is useful, informative and fun to read' - British Journal of General Practice 'This excellent book is one to leave in the living room to pick up and dip into when you return, hungry for emotional refreshment, from a day at the office or clinic. If practice itself is an art, then reflection upon it is also an artistic process Bleakley ; Winter et al.

Bolton Earlier editions of Gillie Bolton's book have rightly earned their place on reading lists for students on professional and vocational training courses as well as on the shelves of anybody interested in continuous professional development.

Gillie Bolton's book offers a better way. 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.

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The examples show how useful these methods can be' - Amazon Review 'Reflecting on what we do is supposed to lead to wisdom, and professionals in a number of different fields have been encouraged to do this for some years.

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