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Reflective practice


Reflective practice


‘Reflection is like opening a window into yourself – to your thoughts, feelings and concerns about your experiences. It is a process of learning and developing through self-awareness’ (Lowe et al 2007).

Reflective practice has been defined as searching to understand, examine and explore one’s own actions, feelings and beliefs relating to one’s work. The purpose of reflection is to consolidate and enhance practice through self-awareness and critique (Schon 1983).

Learning aims and objectives

This module will enable you to:

  • Gain knowledge of reflection and how it might enhance your midwifery practice
  • Outline the types of reflection that can be used and when to use them
  • Identify approaches to reflective practice
  • Gain experience of using reflective models to develop your own practice

Keywords and linking topics

Reflection, learning, development, practice, regulation, education, personal development, research, regulation

Activities and questions at the end of this resource will enable you to assess your knowledge and reflect on how you can incorporate it into your own practice. In the following questions, please select the answer that you believe to be correct. This will be marked and then you can move on to the next question. If you wish, at the end you can return for a further attempt at the questions.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to download and save or print a certificate to include in your CPD/revalidation portfolio.