Beyond you and I: role play and reflection-in-action in communication training

Fryer, Nic and Boot, Michelle (2016) Beyond you and I: role play and reflection-in-action in communication training. Reflective Practice, 18 (1). pp. 112-122. ISSN 1462-3943

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ABSTRACT This article will explore the development of communication training within nurse training. Beginning by outlining current thinking around this practice, it then discusses Schön’s notion of reflective practice and its frequently cited relevance to nursing before pointing out some of its limitations. In particular, it looks at the limitations of the individual being able to critically reflect on their self within a broader social context. Drawing on the theories of Habermas and Bourdieu, it suggests that encouraging a greater awareness of one’s own social context, and hence of one’s own subject position, would develop a deeper awareness of other potential perspectives and a better ability to listen to patients. Finally, it argues for the use of role play in assisting nurses to gain such awareness, particularly in difficult clinical situations such as end-of-life care.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Reflective Practice, Nursing, Communications Training, Improvisation, Role Play, Schön, Habermas
Depositing User: J McPeak
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 15:38
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2020 08:54

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