Critical reflection as an educational process: A practice example

Morley, Christine (2011) Critical reflection as an educational process: A practice example. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 13(1), pp. 7-21.

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Abstract

Numerous social workers discuss the importance of critical reflection and refer to its capacity as an educational tool to improve practice, yet there is relatively little evidence to support the claims made about the benefits of critical reflection by its proponents. This paper contributes to addressing this gap by reporting on the critically reflective educational process undertaken by one practitioner. The transformative learning gained by this practitioner provides a concrete example of how critical reflection improved her thinking about practice by increasing congruence between her espoused theoretical framework and her actual practice, and by creating opportunities for emancipatory practice within a context where she felt constrained to achieve critical practice aims. The paper suggests critical reflection is an important component of social work education.

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ID Code: 98611
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Social work education, Critical thinking, Social service, Philosophy, Practice, Transformative learning
ISSN: 1329-0584
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 08 Sep 2016 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2016 04:22

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