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Critical Thinking and Professional Judgement for Social Work
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Critical Thinking and Professional Judgement for Social Work

Fifth Edition


October 2019 | 104 pages | Learning Matters

Critical thinking can appear formal and academic, far removed from everyday life where decisions have to be taken quickly in less than ideal conditions. It is, however, a vital part of social work, and indeed any healthcare and leadership practice.

Taking a pragmatic look at the range of ideas associated with critical thinking, this Fifth Edition continues to focus on learning and development for practice. The authors discuss the importance of sound, moral judgement based on critical thinking and practical reasoning, and its application to different workplace situations; critical reflection, and its importance to academic work and practice; and the connection between critical thinking ideas and professionalism.

 
Chapter 1: Who is the book for and how can it help?
 
Chapter 2: Critical thinking: some general principles
 
Chapter 3: Professional judgement
 
Chapter 4: Using knowledge in practice
 
Chapter 5: Critical reflection
 
Chapter 6: Writing reflective academic assignments
 
Chapter 7: Developing critical practice
 
Chapter 8: Continuing learning: a critical approach

Good overview on foundational issues in social work eduction. Easy to read thus appropriate for ESL students. Chapter on critical style proved valuable as a guideline to literature reviews.

Ms Sharon du Plessis-Schneider
Department Sozial- und Organisationswissenschaften, University of Applied Science Vorarlberg
December 17, 2019

This book is written in such a way that it appears the authors are actually speaking to the students and in fact uses 'we' which is as if it is a collegial journey to learning. The content is relevent and is well informed, analytical in enough detail without being too intimidating for non-academic students.

Mrs Eileen Mc Partland
Childcare Management, Liberties College
December 17, 2019

This concise and clearly-written volume is useful across a range of early-career post-qualifying modules.

Professor Brian Taylor
Sociology & Applied Social Studies, Ulster University
December 17, 2019

Very helpful introduction to some introductory reflective learning concepts.

Mr Luke Tibbits
Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Coventry University
October 21, 2019

a concise, revised and accessible text for any NQSW practitioner re their evolving professional practice and beyond in terms of their continual professional development. Revisits key essential themes within a fresh context especially liked Chapters 3 and 4. A useful reference text for any Practice Educator, SW educator and ASYE assessor.

Mr David Gaylard
Department of Social Work, Chichester University
September 27, 2019

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