International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Reflections on Self-Reflection: A Course-Based Qualitative Inquiry into the Self-Reflective Practice of Child and Youth Care Students
Janelle Huhtala, BCYC; Janaya Hewitt, BCYC; Shayla Wood, BCYC; Tannis Bassett, BCYC; Sheharra; Kanagasuriam, BCYC; Gerard Bellefeuille

Self-reflection is a skill that is central to child and youth care (CYC) students’ professional development. Due to itsimportance and the role in CYC practice, it is important to know how self-reflection is regarded and practiced by CYC students in their field placements. The aim of this study is to investigatethe frequency, form, and meaning of self-reflection from the perspective of CYC students to gain insight into how CYC students apply the concept in their practice. Data are collected through semi-structured focus groups and an arts-based activity. From the data analysis, four main themes are extracted: (a) the importance of relationships, (b) a form of self-care, (c) time is required, and (d) a pathway to better practice. The findings reveal that despite the value placed on reflective practice in CYC education, there is a lack of research on the form that it takes in the practice (if it is practiced at all)of students in practicum placements.

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