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Action Learning in Social Work

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176 pages | Learning Matters
Throughout their careers, social work students and practitioners need to demonstrate an understanding of critical and reflective practice. The Professional Capabilities Framework sets out how newly-qualified social workers can achieve this, and become 'critical practitioners' who are able to make decisions in fast-moving situations. This book is a complete guide for those practitioners who wish to engage with action learning as a way of developing critically reflective practice. 

The authors use Action Learning to explore fundamental aspects of good social work including for example person centred and anti-oppressive practice. The notions of social and emotional intelligence and being critically reflective are also explored in the context of action learning. This book is practical, skills-based and essential reading for all social workers who wish to extend their understanding and knowledge. 
 
PART ONE: PRINCIPLES
 
Action learning: an introduction
 
Action learning and social work
 
Action learning and critically reflective practice
 
PART TWO: CONTEXT
 
Social and emotional intelligence
 
Anti-discriminatory practice and anti-oppressive practice
 
Involving other professions: multi-agency practice
 
Case studies: action learning sets in action
 
PART THREE: PRACTICE
 
Being an action learner
 
Facilitating action learning

May be useful but not sure if it would be a core text or where it would "fit in"

Ms Karen Hillison
Department of Social Work, Hull University
December 10, 2013

Useful for people giving feedback to students in training - so I will incorporate ideas in Introduction to Practice Education 4 day course for supervisors of social work students. This course runs approx 3 times per year with 20 - 25 participants each time.

Ms Fleur Duke
Social Work , Hull University
November 21, 2013

Clearly defined and accessible text that is flexible enough to be utilised across a variety of settings, including undergrad, postgrad and leadership and management.

Mr Mick Wilkinson
Social Work, Health, Soc Care & Couns, Nottingham Trent University
September 9, 2013
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Christine Abbott

Christine Abbott is a partner in the Centre for Action Learning Facilitation (C-ALF) with extensive international experience of facilitating action learning in both public and private sectors. Christine writes about, and researches, action learning practice and holds a number of academic posts including the Open University. Through C-ALF she leads the Skills for Care Action Learning Facilitation programme. Christine is a Board Member and Trustee of the ILM and was instrumental in writing the qualification standards for action learning facilitation. More About Author

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor is a Consultant Practitioner, ASYE Manager and Practice Educator for Southend Borough Council and has worked in adult social care for over ten years. Paul is a lecturer at the University of Essex and an associate of the Centre for Action Learning Facilitation (C-ALF) and works with the Skills for Care Action Learning Facilitation programme. More About Author

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