Links between reflective practice, ethics and values

Cartney, Patricia (2015) Links between reflective practice, ethics and values. In: Ethics, values and social work practice. Bell, Linda and Hafford-Letchfield, Trish ORCID logoORCID:, eds. McGraw-Hill/Open University Press, London. ISBN 9780335245291. [Book Section]

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This chapter ‘problematises’ the nature of professional knowledge and ‘know how ’in social work. The complex, multilayered knowledge held by practitioners is presented and explored. Practice knowledge is conceptualised as incorporating elements of both formal and informal knowledge. Links are made to the literature on reflective practice and the relationship between ‘internalist’ ways of knowing and more ‘externalist’ ways of justifying our actions, for example, by drawing upon evidence based research. This chapter explores the nature of this tension currently in social work and suggests a more holistic, nuanced understanding of the nature of practice knowledge is required. Such understandings are of particular relevance in the field of applied ethics and values as professional judgements in this arena are often particularly complex. Considered action may require the balancing and prioritising of different conflicting interests and rights.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 16931
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Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2015 09:38
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