Using a critical reflection process to create an effective learning community in the workplace

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Title Using a critical reflection process to create an effective learning community in the workplace
Author Walker, Rachel Michell; Cooke, Marie Louise; Henderson, Amanda Jane; Creedy, Debra
Journal Name Nurse Education Today
Editor Willian Lauder
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Learning circles are an enabling process to critically examine and reflect on practices with the purpose of promoting individual and organizational growth and change. The authors adapted and developed a learning circle strategy to facilitate open discourse between registered nurses, clinical leaders, clinical facilitators and students, to critically reflect on practice experiences to promote a positive learning environment. This paper reports on an analysis of field notes taken during a critical reflection process used to create an effective learning community in the workplace. A total of 19 learning circles were conducted during in-service periods (that is, the time allocated for professional education between morning and afternoon shifts) over a 3 month period with 56 nurses, 33 students and 1 university-employed clinical supervisor. Participation rates ranged from 3 to 12 individuals per discussion. Ten themes emerged from content analysis of the clinical learning issues identified through the four-step model of critical reflection used in learning circle discussions. The four-step model of critical reflection allowed participants to reflect on clinical learning issues, and raise them in a safe environment that enabled topics to be challenged and explored in a shared and cooperative manner.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2012.03.001
Copyright Statement Copyright 2012 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume n/a
Page from 1
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ISSN 0260-6917
Date Accessioned 2012-06-16
Date Available 2013-06-03T04:21:53Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/47113
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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