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Keywords:

  • reflection;
  • Heidegger;
  • nursing education;
  • journal writing;
  • clinical debriefing

The notion of reflection has become a significant concept within nursing education. What is it? How is it learned/taught? How is it implemented in practice? This paper explores reflection as both a technique and a purposeful inter-subjective process. Some of the current theoretical underpinnings of reflection, with particular attention to a Heideggerian perspective, are examined. It is suggested that the Heideggerian notion of reflection as the integration of calculative and contemplative thinking is an effective way to consider the concept of reflection.