Despite a longstanding commitment to the notion of reflection as an integral part of qualitative research, there are few explicit learning tools or published assignment guides to aid understanding of this important aspect of student learning. Reflection both as a researcher and within the context of an educational perspective can be challenging; however, creating reflective assignments can help students consolidate and assess the learning of qualitative research skills in practice. This article describes a critical reflective assignment highlighting the challenges, rewards, and reflections on designing and conducting an interview process as part of a qualitative research methods module with postgraduate psychology students. We also consider the evaluations students have provided for this assignment and our reflections on what can be improved in the future.
teaching qualitative research, critical reflection, reflection in qualitative research, reflexivity
The authors wish to thank the rest of the teaching team for this module: my colleague Dr Katrin Dudgeon and the two Teaching Assistants Cara Ghiglieri and Phoebe McKenna who were part of the teaching team and have greatly contributed to the successful delivery of this module.
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Cena, E., & Burns, S. (2023). Assessing the Learning of Qualitative Research Through a Critical Reflective Essay. The Qualitative Report, 28(5), 1282-1289. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2023.5725