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2005

Southern Cross University

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Promoting Reflective Practice With Older People: Learning And Teaching Strategies, Mark Hughes, Karen Heycox Jan 2005

Promoting Reflective Practice With Older People: Learning And Teaching Strategies, Mark Hughes, Karen Heycox

School of Arts and Social Sciences

Social work with older people is often characterised as low status employment and is dominated by medicalised constructions of old age. Consequently, there is a need for educational responses that address students’ negative attitudes toward older people and enable the development of practice skills in this area. The present paper evaluates an elective course for third year social work students that challenged their perceptions of their own and others’ ageing, and stimulated a reflective approach to practice with older people. Reflective learning techniques were employed in the course, including observations in aged care service settings. Students in the course showed ...