Sharpening reflexive practice in health professional education research




qualitative research, reflexivity, reflective practice


This paper focuses on the methodological practice of reflexivity. It critically explores previous works within and outside the field of health professional education research that seek to guide and inform researchers about reflexivity. Using illustrative scenarios, this paper will describe what reflexivity might look like in practice and ways in which reflexivity may contribute to strengthening future work. To finish, challenges of reporting reflexivity, including achieving a balance of credibility and vulnerability with respect to researcher reflexivity will be discussed. In sum, this work seeks to provide readers who are new to reflexivity, and those with experience, with some new ways of thinking about reflexivity that they might take forward into their research.


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How to Cite

Denniston, C. (2023). Sharpening reflexive practice in health professional education research. Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-Professional Journal, 24(1), 85–94.



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