Labyrinth Research Bibliography

Bibliography of Studies Related to Labyrinth Research (.pdf 517K)

This downloadable Bibliography has all entries sorted by author. The entries in the bibliography have been categorized below by topic and also by type (doctoral dissertation, journal article etc.).

Promoting reflection through the labyrinth walk

White, M. J. and Stafford, L.

Abstract:  The authors report the results of a reflection study assigned to 25 registered nurse (RN) students returning to school to pursue the Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN).  The students were assigned to read an article about labyrinths, walk the outdoor labyrinth at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing, in Houston, Texas, and reflect on the experience in a journal.  In the reflection, they were asked to “evaluate the experience as useful or not and reflect on the possibility of this experience translating into practice.” (White and Stafford, pg. 99)  The authors reported that “Twenty of the 25 students reported a favorable response to the assignment, 3 did not find it useful at all, whereas 2 had negative responses.” (White and Stafford, pg. 99)  Additionally, 20 of the 25 students reported that they could see an application of this experience to their work.  Several students noted that environmental distractions (noise, the feeling of being watched, etc.) detracted from the effectiveness of their experience.  The authors report anecdotal comments of the students and conclude that, “The labyrinth walk and/or other forms of reflective practice experiences should be an essential part of nursing education.”  (White and Stafford, pg. 100)

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