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Narrating practice: reflective accounts and the textual construction of reality

Taylor, CP 2003, 'Narrating practice: reflective accounts and the textual construction of reality' , Journal of Advanced Nursing, 42 (3) , pp. 244-251.

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Abstract

Background. Two approaches dominate current thinking in health and welfare: evidence-based practice and reflective practice. Whilst there is debate about the merits of evidence-based practice, reflective practice is generally accepted with critical debate as an important educational tool. Where critique does exist it tends to adopt a Foucauldian approach, focusing on the surveillance and self-regulatory aspects of reflective practice. Aim. This article acknowledges the critical purchase on the concept of reflective practice offered by Foucauldian approaches but argues that microsociological and discourse analytic approaches can further illuminate the subject and thus serve as a complement to them. Methods. The claims of proponents of reflective practice are explored, in opposition to the technical–rational approach of evidence-based practice. Findings. Reflective practice tends to adopt a naive or romantic realist position and fails to acknowledge the ways in which reflective accounts construct the world of practice. Conclusions. Microsociological approaches can help us to understand reflective accounts as examples of case-talk, constructed in a narrative form in the same way as case records and presentations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reflection, reflective accounts, reflective practice, narrative analysis, discourse, practice professions, realism, evidence-based practice, confessional culture
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 03092402
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2009 15:38
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:52
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1154

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