Professional development in the contemporary educational context : encouraging practice wisdom

Thompson, Lester James & West, Deborah (2013) Professional development in the contemporary educational context : encouraging practice wisdom. Social Work Education, 31(1), pp. 118-133.

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Preparing social work students to be effective practitioners is a complex and challenging task undertaken in a dynamic environment both in terms of the field of social work and the higher education sector. There have been recommendations that self knowledge, empirical knowledge, theoretical knowledge and procedural knowledge are the keys to high standards of social work practice. This paper suggests that the concept of practice wisdom is a useful focus for integrating these different aspects of informed practice and for focusing educational programmes for social work. As practice wisdom is more about process than possessed characteristics then there are important motivational and value-based considerations in developing wise practitioners. This discussion considers motivational and personal narrative aspects of practice wisdom so that it can be integrated into social work teaching.

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ID Code: 53568
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: adult learning, fitness to practice, pedagogies, reflection, skills teaching, practice wisdom, phronesis
DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2011.648178
ISSN: 0261-5479
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified (169999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Past > Schools > Social Work & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 13 Sep 2012 00:48
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2013 02:53

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