Enhancing professional growth and the learning and development function through reflective practices: an autoethnographic narrative approach

Serge Koukpaki, Kweku Adams

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Purpose – This paper seeks to explore ways in which learning and development (L&D) professionals use reflective practice to promote the function of L&D and their own professional growth. The claim that L&D practitioners need to develop their reflective ability to make sense of their own practice is well-argued in the literature, but few studies focus on an in-depth individual self-reflection and its impact on professional growth. Design/methodology/approach – An autoethnography and reflective practice design was deployed. The data was collected by sending a semi-structured, pre-set question as a ‘reflective conversation’ to an L&D manager and a ten-hour tape recording of personal reflection over three months. Data was sanitised, transcribed and edited, and a narrative data analysis method was used to analyse the data developed into reflective narratives. Findings – We find that reflective practice emerges through gradual reflective patterns that define the circumstances surrounding the reflection, the content, exploration and interpretation, and confirming the fulfilling of the reflection. Originality/value – This paper offers the journey of an L&D manager working in the hotel industry in India. Through a set of reflective practices, including introspection and reflexivity, the manager considers the changes she has experienced. The paper contributes to the literature on reflective practice based on promoting the L&D function as an essential part of the horizontal integration of human resource management in organisations. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Training and Development
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 18 Mar 2020


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