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Reading Nursing Practice as Social Text:  from Critical Metatheories to Personal theories in action 

 

John McArthur RGON, Grad Dip., MCNA (NZ), Nursing Service Consultant, Auckland Hospital

Reference: McArthur, J. (1997). Reading Nursing Practice as Social Text:  from Critical Metatheories to Personal theories in action, Nursing Praxis in New Zealand 12(2), 29-37

Introduction:

 

This article explores the pedagogy of critical reflection from a philosophical perspective that offers a metatheoretical guide to personal theory development in nursing.

 

Reflection within critical theory is increasingly cited as an appropriate pedagogy of nursing knowledge in education and practice (Pearson, 1994; Street, 1991; Ray, 1992; Cox, Hickson & Taylor, 2991; Palmer, Burns & Bulman, 1994) and research (Wells, 1995; Allen, 1995).  Starting with a personal definition of critical reflection, I move on to suggest reasons that contribute to critical reflection’s growing active audience within nursing.

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