Document Type

Article

Publication details

Post-print of: Hughes, M & Heycox, K 2008, 'Using observation for reflective practice with older people', Educational Gerontology, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 1-21.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03601270701835841

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This article discusses the use of observation for reflective practice with older people, particularly the benefits and challenges of this learning tool. It outlines a study with 26 third-year Bachelor of Social Work students who undertook an elective course on reflective practice with older people. Using qualitative document analysis, the authors found that while there were a range of challenges in conducting these observations; overall, the students identified both personal and professional gains from their experiences. Particularly useful were the identification of ageist practices within the setting and the development of a degree of emotionality, criticality, and reflexivity through their experiences.