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.
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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.