A reflective account on becoming reflexive: the 7 Cs of caring conversations as a framework for reflexive questioning

Edel Roddy, Belinda Dewar

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Context: Some uncertainty surrounds both the definition and the application of reflexivity in participatory research and practice development. There is scope for further exploration of what reflexivity might look like in practice, and how the researcher/practice developer and participants might be involved. This paper does this in the context of a study that is using appreciative inquiry to explore the experience of inspection in care homes.

Aims: I will explore my personal journey into the use of a relational constructionist approach to reflexivity and suggest that the 7 Cs of caring conversations provide a useful framework to inform reflexive practice. The 7 Cs will be used as a framework for the telling of this story.

Implications for practice:
• Relational reflexivity has the potential to create the space for all those involved in research/
practice development initiatives to voice their thoughts and feelings about the initiative and their involvement in it
• The 7 Cs of caring conversations can provide a framework for developing questions that may serve as a starting point for cultivating reflexive practice.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8
JournalInternational Practice Development Journal
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2016

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