Designing a rubric for reflection in nursing: a Legitimation Code Theory and systemic functional linguistics-informed framework

Monbec, Laetitia ORCID: 0000-0002-0690-5404, Tilakaratna, Namala ORCID: 0000-0003-0059-8658, Brooke, Mark ORCID: 0000-0002-3071-6806, Lau, Siew Tiang ORCID: 0000-0003-2845-6168, Chan, Ya Shih ORCID: 0000-0001-9623-0529 and Wu, Vivian ORCID: 0000-0002-9264-3630 (2021) Designing a rubric for reflection in nursing: a Legitimation Code Theory and systemic functional linguistics-informed framework. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 46 (8). pp. 1157-1172. doi:10.1080/02602938.2020.1855414

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This paper reports on an interdisciplinary pedagogical research project involving academic literacy experts and lecturers at a School of Nursing. Specifically, the paper focusses on the development of a data-driven analytical rubric to teach and assess critical reflections in year-one nursing. The purpose of the project was to support the teaching and evaluating of critical reflections of nursing students after their initial clinical placement. Rather than focusing on inter-rater reliability or on pedagogical uses of rubrics, this paper is concerned with the ways the criteria that constitute these rubrics were devised. The data involved 200 student assignments, the existing marking criteria and two focus groups with the nursing lecturers. We analysed the data using aspects of a linguistic theory, systemic functional linguistics, and elements of a sociological framework, Legitimation Code Theory, to understand what constitutes ‘deep reflection’ in clinical nursing practice. Our findings led to a revised analytical rubric which makes visible what is highly valued in nursing reflection tasks. We conclude with a data-driven analytical rubric design framework which involves the analysis of student assignments at various levels of achievement to reveal academic literacy and knowledge practices requirements of reflection tasks.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nursing reflection tasks; analytical rubrics; data driven design; systemic functional linguistics; Legitimation Code Theory
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Health and Social Care
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Mark Brooke
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2023 09:59
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2023 09:59

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