Critical thinking for social work, Edition: 2nd ed by Keith Brown; Lynne Rutter

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The articulation of such knowledge within assignments and portfolios creates the necessary confidence and ‘voice’ from which to argue and reason more coherently and robustly. It also works towards a clearer understanding of a practitioner’s or team’s theories in use (Argyris and Schön, 1974) which may be useful for team-based developmental activities. 19 Chapter 3 Learning – applying new knowledge to practice Working critically with practice knowledge Although many practitioners see their practice knowledge as intuitive and personal, and therefore unworthy of acknowledgement in an academic environment, it does not have to lack the rigour, testability or validity of academic knowledge if we can demonstrate critical awareness, validation and evaluation of it.

For this reason…, consequently… ● Sequence – following…, before… first…, finally…, ● Illustration – for example…, for instance…, such as…, in this case… ● Add weight – similarly…, in addition…, moreover… ● Conclusion – In conclusion…, accordingly…, to sum up…; Returning to our example, we can see a specific point being developed for the first reason. Example Assignment for a specialist area of social work: enabling others Stage 1: My viewpoint Good communication is essential when planning successfully for a placement student.

If this happens you may need the extra support of someone you trust to help you deal with it, so it is important you recognise this as soon as it starts to happen. Can it end up a bit negative? It can feel negative when things we try in practice don’t turn out the way we expect. We can start to feel anxious and defensive when having to think about it all again. But we are dealing with real life and your tutors will actually expect a conflict between prior expectations and experiences. What is required is that this conflict is not ignored or glossed over but explored further in order to develop practice.

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