Reflective practice is a skill that serves as a model for continuous learning. Like any skill, reflective practice can be improved and health professional curricula should include opportunities to develop these skills. The clinical component of health professional curriculum is a natural component where reflective practice skills can be developed. Electronic means will help students and faculty stay in contact during clinical internships.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of an electronic reflective practice exercise during a clinical internship and explore the potential trends on students' reflective practice skills and self-directed learning readiness.
We used a prospective pre-post intervention design in a cohort of physiotherapy students to examine feasibility and explore trends. Faculty also rated the depth of reflection papers. In addition, students completed a reflective practice exercise questionnaire and the self-directed learning readiness scale (SDLRS) was completed pre- and post-internship.
All 84 students completed the reflective practice questionnaire. Sixty-six students consented to complete the questionnaire and 17 consented to complete the SDLRS pre- and post-internship. It took an average of 7 min for faculty to review each student's reflection and there were no significant electronic difficulties encountered. Initial reflection papers were rated at a descriptive (23%), descriptive-analytical (28%) or analytical level (33%). Eighty-six percent of students rated faculty feedback as helpful and 92% rated peer feedback as helpful. Almost all students (97%) students reported that they followed through on some or all of the items on their reflective practice learning plans. The SDLRS significantly improved with the exercise (mean difference 6.8 +/- 9.9; p