Professional Experience and the Investigative Imagination: The Art of Reflective Writing

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Routledge, Mar 7, 2013 - Education - 256 pages
This book explains and demonstrates how creative writing can be used successfully in the context of professional education where traditionally a more distanced approach to reporting on professional experience has been favoured.
It is based on many practical examples, drawn from several years' experience of running courses for social workers, nurses, teachers, managers and higher education staff, in which participants explore their professional practice through imaginative forms of writing. The participants experience of the work is presented through a discussion of interviews and evaluative documents. The book includes a set of distance-learning materials for those wishing to undertake such work for themselves or to establish similar courses, as well as a full analysis of the link between professional reflection and the artistic imagination.
The book makes available a new and more broadly-based approach to the process of professional reflection, and the concept of the patchwork text has general relevance for debates about increasing access to higher education qualifications.
 

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Contents

writing and sharing fictions
1
writing and interpreting stories in a professional context
20
shaping meaning through the the exploration of diversity
64
distancelearning materials
107
What was it like and what effect did it have?
149
experiencing the reflective writing course
165
the strange absence of the creativ imagination in professional education
180
The professional worker and the artisttwo myths of betrayal
221
Bibliography
225
Index
231
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