Reflective practice: a critique of the work of Argyris and Schön


  • Jennifer Greenwood SRN SCM DipN RNT DipEd MEd PhD

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    1. Assistant Regional Director of Nursing — Education and Research, Yorkshire Regional Health Authority, Harrogate, England
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Dr J Greenwood, Associate Professor in Nursing The Flinders University of South Australia, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, Australia


The seminal work of Argyris and Schon on action theories, technical rationality and reflective practice is reviewed, it is argued that their work reflects important inconsistencies between their theorizing and the pedagogical interventions they implemented/recommended The implications of the results of these inconsistencies, which appear mirrored in nurse-education programmes in the United Kingdom and Australia, are discussed Tentative suggestions for the provision of a more adequate practical pedagogy are included