Developing the reflective teacher


Assistant Professor Judith M. Scanlan, Faculty of Nursing, 246 Bison Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3T 2N2


The conceptual issues and research findings surrounding the meaning and use of reflection are examined in this paper and serve as a foundation for discussing significant assumptions and beliefs regarding the use of reflection in nursing education. The strengths and limitations of reflection are discussed. The paper links current knowledge about reflection to the development of reflective thinking and its use by nurse educators and suggests strategies to enhance this development.