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Reflective practice

  • Neil Thompson
  • Jo Campling


The concept of reflective practice is one that is closely associated with the work of Donald Schön (Schön, 1983, 1987, 1992). It is an approach to professional practice that emphasises the need for practitioners to avoid standardised, formula responses to the situations they encounter. Reflective practice involves coming to terms with the complexity, variability and uncertainty associated with human-services work.


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Further reading

  1. Bono, E. de (1983) Atlas of Management Thinking, Harmondsworth, Penguin.Google Scholar
  2. Boud, D.J., Cohen, R. and Walker, D. (eds) (1993) Using Experience for Learning, Buckingham, Open University Press.Google Scholar
  3. Boud, D.J., Keogh, R. and Walker, D. (eds) (1985) Reflection: Turning Experience into Learning, London, Kogan Page.Google Scholar
  4. Everitt, A., Hardiker, P., Littlewood, J. and Mullender, A. (1992) Applied Research for Better Practice, London, Macmillan.Google Scholar
  5. Henry, J. (ed.) (1991) Creative Management, London, Sage.Google Scholar
  6. Schön, D.A. (1983) The Reflective Practitioner, New York, Basic Books.Google Scholar
  7. Thompson, N. (1995) Theory and Practice in Health and Social Welfare, Buckingham, Open University Press.Google Scholar

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© Neil Thompson 1996

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  • Neil Thompson
  • Jo Campling

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