In-class reflective group discussion as a strategy for the development of students as evolving professionals

Tsang, Annetta Kit Lam (2011) In-class reflective group discussion as a strategy for the development of students as evolving professionals. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 5 1: .

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Author Tsang, Annetta Kit Lam
Title In-class reflective group discussion as a strategy for the development of students as evolving professionals
Journal name International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1931-4744
Publication date 2011-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 5
Issue 1
Total pages 20
Editor Alan Altany
Place of publication Statesboro, GA, U.S.A.
Publisher Georgia Southern University Center for Excellence in Teaching
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The primary aim of this study was to determine perceptions of three cohorts of third year undergraduate students (n=65) on in-class reflective group discussion as a critical reflective approach for evolving professionals. Reflective group discussions were embedded into a final year course within the University of Queensland Bachelor of Oral Health program iteratively over three years. Reflective practices were integrated with clinical practice, and were linked with assessment requirements. Students’ perceptions of reflective group discussions were obtained via questionnaires and reflective essays. The key benefits of reflective group discussions perceived by students included peer learning, peer and/or tutor support and multi-perspective critical thinking. Students welcomed the inclusion of reflective group discussions into their curriculum, not as a substitute of, but rather, complementary to reflective writing. Students invoked that reflective writing and reflective group discussions were beneficial in different ways. The interactive, supportive and multi-perspective nature of reflective group discussions was particularly appealing to students.
@ Georgia Southern University
Keyword Reflective group discussion
Professional development
Oral health
Reflective learning
Reflective practices
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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