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.).

A creative alternative to reflective writing: Promoting skills of reflection through walking a labyrinth

Dalley-Hewer, J., and Knowles J. O.

Stage one of a grounded theory study exploring reflection by physiotherapists in the UK (Dalley-Hewer 2012) found that physiotherapists used walking and other activities outside work to reflect on their work events. However, participants considered ‘reflection’ to be a writing process rather than a thinking process and did not always recognise the thinking while walking and doing other activities as reflection. This may be due to the emphasis on writing strategies when developing reflective skills in undergraduate students. Labyrinths are ancient tools used for introspection, reflection, decreasing anxiety and decreasing stress. They are like a maze, with a single path which, when followed, leads to the centre and out again. In order to promote the introspection and critical self-awareness considered necessary for reflection a labyrinth was introduced to physiotherapy and other health profession students in the first few weeks of their programme. For this, a portable labyrinth painted on canvas and laid on the floor was used. Reflective writing and reflective models were introduced some weeks later.

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