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Using observation for reflective practice with older people

By Mark Hughes and Karen Heycox

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

Topics: Community-Based Research, Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social Psychology and Interaction, Social Work
Publisher: ePublications@SCU
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:epubs.scu.edu.au:sass_pubs-1570
Provided by: ePublications@SCU
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