More than you know: critically reflecting on learning experiences by attuning to the 'community of learners'

Margaret Pack

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    This reflection, using auto‐ethnography as method, explores the value of attunement to feedback in the teaching of a professional postgraduate course for allied mental health professionals. This is, therefore, a story of two halves: a narrative of my learning based on my reflections of my own teaching, and a story of how I have integrated feedback from students and their clinical supervisors to refine my teaching and course development in the programme. The resulting model of teaching and learning I have developed involves a process of ‘creative attunement’. ‘Attunement’ is a psychodynamic concept involving ‘contact’ or a quality of relationship based on availability, presence, empathy, respect and selective disclosure. The learning activities of the programme aim to develop an awareness of the students' own ‘craft knowledge’ as graduate social workers and occupational therapists during their intern year in the health services. Through a process of growing the students' awareness of self in the clinician's role by attuning to students' feedback, learning from undergraduate education becomes more available to be applied in a new field of practice. Designing learning activities that incorporate stories of practice and align with clinical supervisors and service user narratives provides access to a variety of learning experiences. I explore the implications for developing critical‐reflective practice within a ‘community of learners' model.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)115-125
    Number of pages11
    JournalReflective Practice
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


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