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Reflection in nurse education : promoting deeper thinking through the use of painting

McAndrew, SL and Roberts, D 2015, 'Reflection in nurse education : promoting deeper thinking through the use of painting' , Reflective Practice, 16 (2) , pp. 206-217.

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Abstract

This paper explores the use of painting with a group of pre-registration nursing students, as one-approach educators might use to encourage deeper thinking and reflection. During the second week of their course, the students were asked to paint a picture of what they believed nursing to be, using colour to capture their feelings associated with nursing. On completion of their paintings, the students shared their ideas and beliefs with the group. This process was repeated at the start of the second year when, on completion of a second painting, their first picture was returned; with time devoted for the students to analyse both paintings and write a reflective account. Analysis was required on three levels: (1) to examine the content of each picture; (2) to explain why they had painted particular images, and explore factors influencing changes or similarities between pictures; and (3) at a deeper level, begin exploring how their values and beliefs had shaped their paintings. Through a facilitated group, students shared their analysis and associated feelings with their peers, the latter being encouraged to ask questions and discuss arising issues to develop their reflective and analytic skills. Examining personal and peer experience enables students to begin to recognise where, in terms of self and self in relation to others, they need to focus their attention. The findings provide tentative evidence that such innovative approaches, together with careful facilitation, can promote deeper insight into self and their chosen career.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Reflective Practice
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1462-3943
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: SL McAndrew
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2015 13:29
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2015 14:32
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/37523

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