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Developing Social Work Professional Judgment Skills: Enhancing Learning in Practice by Researching Learning in Practice

Rawles, Joanna (2016). Developing Social Work Professional Judgment Skills: Enhancing Learning in Practice by Researching Learning in Practice. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 36(1) pp. 102–122.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/08841233.2016.1124004
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Abstract

The aims of this article are twofold: to discuss the value of practice-based research as a basis for enhancing learning and teaching in social work and, as an illustration of this, to present the findings of a preliminary qualitative research study into social work students’ development of professional judgment skills. The research was conducted with UK social work students at the point of qualification (graduation) to explore how they had developed skills of professional judgement during their field work placements. Practice-based research was used to gain insight into the authentic professional learning that takes place for students as they develop into qualified social workers required to formulate and exercise their own professional judgment. Semi-structured interviews were conducted using a critical incident approach, within an appreciative inquiry framework. The findings indicate that the participants’ conceptualization of professional judgment was formulated around an interplay of social work values and knowledge and that their skills of professional judgement were developed through supported autonomy and a sense of their personal agency in learning and professional development.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1540-7349
Keywords: professional judgment; social work education; fieldwork placement; practice research; supported autonomy
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Social Work
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 58957
Depositing User: Joanna Rawles
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2019 10:21
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2019 10:59
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/58957
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