Debriefing and Reflection in WIL: supervisors’ perspectives

Debriefing and reflection are used extensively in WIL – but what are they? Are they same thing or different?  Are we making the best use of debriefing? What options are there for debriefing practices and where does reflection fit? How do we choose the best approach to debriefing to promote particular learning outcomes?

While debriefing has long been recognised as playing an important role in WIL, there is much conceptual and definitional ambiguity around the terms debriefing and reflection. Available literature on debriefing, particularly in recent years, is heavily situated within medicine, nursing and other health related practice-based sciences, and less is known about how debriefing is understood and/or used in other areas of education and disciplines/professions more broadly, and how it relates to reflection.

In this webinar we will explore the above questions based on extensive research with 35 WIL supervisors from a range of disciplines and professions, located across three countries. A conceptual model of the spectrum of approaches to debriefing in WIL will be presented.

Winchester-Seeto, T., & Rowe, A. D. (in press). Who is holding the mirror? Debriefing and reflection in work-integrated learning. International Journal of Work-integrated Learning.

Winchester-Seeto, T., & Rowe, A. D. (2018). Debriefing, the shapeshifter: How practitioners conceptualise debriefing for work-integrated learning. In J. Smith, K. Robinson & M. Campbell (Eds.), WIL: Creating Connections, Building Futures – Proceedings of the 2018 ACEN National Conference (pp. 117-121). Springvale South: Australian Collaborative Education Network Limited.

Delivered by

Dr. Theresa Winchester-Seeto SFHEA & Dr Anna Rowe

Dr Theresa Winchester-Seeto has been working in WIL for over 25 years in Australia, designing and running WIL courses in Earth Sciences, Teacher Education, Museum Studies, and Psychology. Most recently she has been working as a WIL consultant in several universities including University of New South Wales. Her main research interest is to provide an evidence-based, scholarly pedagogical foundation for curriculum design, and learning and teaching strategies, including WIL assessment, the role of the workplace supervisor, inclusive practice in WIL and debriefing. She has been a member of the NSW/ACT Chapter of the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) since it began and convened the 2016 ACEN Conference. In 2017 and 2018 she was one of the facilitators for the Global Perspectives in WIL Modules.

Dr Theresa Winchester-Seeto

Dr Anna Rowe is a Lecturer, Academic Development at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Over the past nine years she has led and supported WIL initiatives at an institutional and national level, through professional development, research and work with the Australian Collaborative Education Network. Anna is a member of several ACEN committees (including the national board) and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning. In 2017 she co-authored an Australian government funded commissioned report on good practice in WIL, and her research interests related to WIL include curriculum design, debriefing, supervision, evaluation, graduate attributes and employability.

Dr Anna Rowe, UNSW

Dr Anna Rowe, UNSW


Be part of the discussion!

Thursday 18th July 2019

12:00-1:00pm AEST, 10:00am WA, 11:30am SA/NT

Free for ACEN Members

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Yes, it will be recorded and made available as an ACEN Resource.