Exploring the development of reflective thinking in an undergraduate problem based learning healthcare course

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Abstract

Introduction:
Reflective thinking and practice are essential attributes of competent healthcare professionals. Strategies to promote and assess reflective thinking are now common in most undergraduate courses. Evidence is emerging
of key variables which influence the development of reflective thinking, including: deep learning, shared reflection, peer support, self-assessment, facilitating context, safe atmosphere, mentorship, time to reflect.
Problem-based learning (PBL) requires students to collaboratively engage with an ill structured problem in order to construct their own understanding. Reflective practices are built into the process, and scaffolded by the PBL
facilitator. It is reasonable to expect that these students will develop reflective thinking skills. However there is little evidence to support this assumption. This presentation explores the development of reflective thinking for one physiotherapy cohort as they progressed through their undergraduate course, in which key subjects in every year group use a PBL approach.
Methods:
To explore the development of students’ Reflective Thinking across the course, students completed Kember and Leung’s (2000) Reflection Questionnaire in both second and final (fourth) year.
Results:
Results will be explored and discussed in relation to: evidence; theory underpinning the questionnaire; key variables linked to the development of Reflective Thinking; and pedagogical strategies used within the course.
Conclusions:
PBL affords many of the variables linked to the development of reflective thinking. Results from one physiotherapy undergraduate course may add some evidence on progression in students’ level of reflective thinking as they move through their PBL course.
Original languageEnglish
Pages176-176
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016
Event17th Ottawa Conference on the Assessment of Competence in Medicine and the Healthcare Professions: OTTAWA2016 - Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth , Australia
Duration: 19 Mar 201623 Mar 2016
http://www.ottawaconference.org/copy-of-ottawa-2014 (Conference website)

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Conference17th Ottawa Conference on the Assessment of Competence in Medicine and the Healthcare Professions
CountryAustralia
CityPerth
Period19/03/1623/03/16
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Skinner, K., Hyde, S., McPherson, K., Crockett, J., O'Connor, S., & Breheny, L. (2016). Exploring the development of reflective thinking in an undergraduate problem based learning healthcare course. 176-176. Poster session presented at 17th Ottawa Conference on the Assessment of Competence in Medicine and the Healthcare Professions, Perth , Australia.