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Reflective Practice

Reflective Practice
Writing and Professional Development

Fourth Edition
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August 2014 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Reflection and reflexivity invite critical, sensitive examination of practice, exploration of principles, concepts and ideas, and development of thoughtful self-awareness.

The Fourth Edition of this bestselling book explains how expressive and explorative writing, combined with in-depth group work or mentoring, can widen perspectives and give clarity of values, roles, and responsibilities. Step-by-step methods are grounded in carefully explained theories and values, and key terms such as reflection, reflexivity, critical, narrative, metaphor, mindfulness and complexity are clarified.

New to this edition:

  • a clear route through the essentials of reflective practice
  • greater clarity and representation of theoretical models
  • a strong focus on ethical values
  • in-depth examples and case studies from a range of courses
  • clear summarization of each chapter’s key contents
  • updated ‘Read to Learn’ sections and extended glossary
  • discussion of writing in different cultures
  • new online content including videos.
Reflective Practice: An Introduction
Values and Principles of Reflective Practice
Theories and Contexts of Reflective Practice
The Power of Narrative
The Power of Metaphor
Writing As Reflection
Reflective and Reflexive Writing: How
Reflective Practice Journals
Assessment and Evaluation
Reflective Writing and Team Development
Reflection on Reflection

Reflective practice is probably the most important tool in the repertoire of any professional. It is a key way of dealing with all the problems for which there is no straightforward response. Gillie Bolton ‘s practical and illuminating book is the key resource for those who want to be more reflexive and build reflective writing into their own activities. She takes important but illusive ideas and shows clearly what they mean for making sense of one’s own practice.

Professor David Boud
University of Technology, Sydney

Getting students to apply their personal and professional experiences to practice is an essential part of continuing professional development. Bolton's 4th edition is a key text in the expanding literature on reflective practice for all practitioners. It remains the most contemporary, readable and relevant book for many subject areas.

Richard Race
Senior Lecturer in Education, Roehampton University, UK

During a long, rich and varied career in nursing I have learnt that how we care, how we give of ourselves to others, begins and ends with understanding of who we are. In Reflective Practice, Gillie Bolton provides a torch that helps us to shine a light on our personal motivations, anxieties, needs and defences, giving us the insights we need to better care for the patients, families and carers that we serve.

Kate Billingham
CBE, Senior Advisor, Nurse Family Partnership International

The students struggle with reflective writing, especially in relation to marketing ethics, and this book will help clarify the purpose of reflective writing.

Dr Bex Lewis
MMU Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University
June 30, 2016

This text has Biblical status in work based learning programmes at all levels ! It's good to have the new edition.

Dr Mehmet Ali Dikerdem
Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University
March 22, 2016

Elements of the book were excellent with pertinent examples that were demonstrative of reflective practice. But some of it was too detailed for for my needs when referring to the art of reflective writing for more creative purposes.

Mrs Mandy Jayne Jack
Centre for Development Studies, Swansea University
October 15, 2015

Excellent resource with useful exercises and information

Ms Shirley Donegan
Department of Humanities, Dundalk Institute of Technology
August 7, 2015

An essential publication for students wanting to develop their reflective writing as an aid to professional development. Highly recommended.

Mrs Anna Lucia Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
July 22, 2015

Specific elements of the unit focus on reflective writing processes, and we have been looking for something to support this.

Ms Lisa Appleyard-Keeling
Sch of Health, Psychology & Soc Care, Manchester Metropolitan University
July 9, 2015

Good text for those students wishing to develop their reflective writing.

Mrs Tracey Dobbs
School of Care, Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
June 26, 2015

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Gillie E J Bolton

Dr Gillie Bolton is an international authority on writing and author of a long publication list including nine books (one in 4th Edition), academic papers (many in top ranking journals), as well as professional articles, poetry, and for a lay readership.  She has peer-reviewed for many journals and  has been a long serving editor of an academic and two professional journals. More About Author

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