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Reflective thinking in clinical nursing education: a concept analysis

M. Chabeli, M. Muller
Curationis | Vol 27, No 4 | a1019 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v27i4.1019 | © 2004 M. Chabeli, M. Muller | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2004 | Published: 28 September 2004

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M. Chabeli, Department Of Nursing, Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
M. Muller, Department Of Nursing, Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa

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Abstract

Over decades nursing had an interest in clarifying and developing its knowledge base and its conceptual foundation. Reflective thinking has become a popular word in nursing education world wide, but its meaning and effective use remains debatable because of lack of clarity in its meaning (Mackintosh, 1998:553). The researcher engaged in the concept analysis of reflective thinking so as to fully understand its meaning and interpretation, hence the research question to be addressed by this article is: “What is the meaning of reflective thinking in clinical nursing education?”

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