Values, Beliefs, and Attitudes About Reflective Practice in Australian Social Work Education and Practice
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Reflective practice and critical reflection are considered crucial to learning and practising social work. Based on qualitative analysis of interviews with Australian social work practitioners, students, and academics this article offers a description of the strong normative role reflective practice plays in contemporary social work practice. The research was conducted as part of a larger interpretive study into how reflective practice is understood in social work education and practice in Australia. The research found that reflective practice is considered as central to the development of practice wisdom, accountability, and the development of self-awareness. The paper discusses the normative role reflective practice plays for social worker agency. The paper also outlines the formative role social theory plays in the development of critical reflection.
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