This paper focuses on the hearing impairment in people, specifically in old age. I will put light on a personal experience using GIBBS's reflective cycle. It occurred with one of my clients. I would highlight my learning and development which I gained through this experience. I would reflect upon this incident that how it made me effective in achieving my preferred practice. I would describe my opinion, thinking and approach about the incident that occurred. It will also show the quality care I provided; the skills that I developed during my training and what I learned from the incident thereafter. To show how this incident developed and what I learned, I would demonstrate it through GIBBS model. It would guide my reflective process (Oborne, 2002, 103).
Importance of GIBBS Model
The reason for choosing GIBBS model (1998) is because it is a reflection model which is structured on six different stages. This helps in describing the incident thoroughly and its development and after effects. This model travels around six phases, which provides a reflection process. The six points include a description of the incident, personal feelings, evaluation, analysis, conclusion and finally action plan. Reflection refers to an active flow where the development of understanding takes place that how social, historical, cognitive, cultural and personal experience contributes towards professional knowledge and practice (McNulty, 1999, 12).
Further, Reflection refers to an active flow where the development of understanding takes place that how social, historical, cognitive, cultural and personal experience contributes towards professional knowledge and practice (McNulty, 1999, 12).
Gibbs' (1988) reflective model consist of six stages: description, feelings, evaluation, analysis, conclusion and an action plan. This framework is being acknowledged as one of the principal approaches to reflection; however, this is similar to that of Boyd and Fales (1983).
It closely analyses the importance of reflective techniques and the process in which they could be applied to different situations. Key findings are supported by theoretical evidence such as Gibbs' 6 stages (1998) and Kolb's learning cycle (1944) that represent the various steps needed for reflection. Throughout the report I have used both Reflection-on-action by reflecting back on the incidents and Reflection-in-action techniques (Schon, 1987, p. 121) by explaining how I used reflection during the task to solve some of the issues faced.
It has been identified that the three characteristics or attitudes of people who are reflective are; open-mindedness, responsibility and wholeheartedness (Dewey, 1933, p.22). We form understandings and ideologies through our experiences at work, however, until we reflect and understand why we acted in that matter, this understanding remains intuitive.
Description of the Incident
The patient I was charged for was Pete who was a Caucasian man in his early seventies. He was known to having hearing problems for the last twenty years or so, and he was accepting treatment. He was regularly seen by the doctors in the out-patient clinic, by a support worker and me, as his assigned doctors. Pete used to abuse alcohol and on numerous occasions had been referred to ...