The concept of the reflective practitioner draws upon the idea that our practice as professionals is at our most effective when we are able to understand both ourselves, (that is, the factors which drive our capacity), the context in which we work, the people we work with and the results we are trying to achieve. By critically examining and reflecting upon each of these areas and placing that analysis within the framework of sets of values, codes of conduct and changing scientific, social and political influences, we are able to develop more effective policies and practice.
An approach to self-development that combines reflective practice and action research contributes to both personal and organisational capability.
The PDF has been committed to developing networks of professionals who come together to assist each other’s development and through this contribute to the re-construction of organisations and the professions. It is a network for supported reflective practice for professional development and to challenge the development agenda of the professions.