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Critically Reflecting on Critical Self-Reflection: An examination of student experiences and professional development in a human service practicum course

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Title: Critically Reflecting on Critical Self-Reflection: An examination of student experiences and professional development in a human service practicum course
Author: Cairney, Kristen
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Program: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Breen, Andrea
Abstract: This thesis is an investigation of student experiences with the process of critical self-reflection and professional identity development in practicum. The process of critical self-reflection that is the focus for this study is based on Mezirow’s concepts of critical self-reflection, critical theories of education, and narrative concepts of identity development. Nine undergraduate students provided critical self-reflection assignments that they had written for their third year practicum course, and participated in follow-up interviews. Seven were enrolled in the youth-stream and two in the adult stream of an interdisciplinary social science program. A thematic analysis of the data was conducted. Participants reported that transformative learning occurred through relational experiences such as stories and conversations, as well as relationships built in practicum. Relationships and role modelling also led to professional identity development. This study suggests the potential value of future research exploring critical self-reflection and transformative learning using narrative methods.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8709
Date: 2015-01
Rights: Attribution-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada
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