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The futile quest for honesty in reflective writing: recognising self-criticism as a form of self-enhancement

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dc.contributor.author McGarr, Oliver
dc.contributor.author O'Gallchóir, Ciarán
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-25T09:18:07Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/8645
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description The full text of this article will not be available in ULIR until the embargo expires on the 08/07/2021
dc.description.abstract Reflective writing tasks are commonly employed across higher education programmes, yet despite their use, they are often accompanied by concerns that students simply performance manage by constructing positive accounts of their practice in their reflections. To address this, students are encouraged to be ‘honest’ in their reflections based on the assumption that reflections that engage in greater self-criticism are more honest. Through a presentation of a spectrum of techniques used for self-enhancement in student reflections (ranging along a continuum from self-criticism to self-praise), the paper contends that self-criticism and self-praise are two sides of the same coin. Both approaches can be used by students in reflective writing to performance manage. Therefore, efforts at promoting ‘honesty’ and ‘authenticity’ in reflective practice need to pay greater attention to the performative nature of both self-praise and self-criticism in reflective writing. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Teaching in Higher Education;
dc.rights This is an Author's Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the copyright Taylor & Francis, available Teaching in Higher Education, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2020.1712354 en_US
dc.subject reflective practice en_US
dc.subject reflective writing en_US
dc.subject reflection en_US
dc.subject performativity en_US
dc.title The futile quest for honesty in reflective writing: recognising self-criticism as a form of self-enhancement en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2020-03-24T12:00:13Z
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dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2020.1712354
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2021-07-08
dc.embargo.terms 2021-07-08 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2940067
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Teaching In Higher Education
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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