Social work agencies want newly-qualified workers who can practice as highly motivated and self-flourishing professionals. To get to this stage, social work degree students need to be critical, analytical and evaluative in their thinking, reading and writing. And while lecturers may highlight this need when marking assignments, there is limited space to explore these topics within an already tight social work curriculum. This revised second edition helps to tackle this problem and goes to the heart of these essential skills.
By using practical examples and interactive features Critical Learning for Social Work Students will help guide you through your degree and on to becoming a fully-developed and critical practitioner. It covers key areas of critical thinking such as developing a clear and logical argument as well as the application of self-evaluation and understanding the 'professional self'. For this edition there is a new chapter on developing emotional intelligence.
Sue Jones holds academic and professional qualifications in social work, teaching and sign language. She uses her 33 years of teaching experience in the UK and Eastern Europe, her research activities in critical thinking and her contact with practice social work agencies to inform her understanding of student critical thinking abilities. She currently teaches and tutors on social work courses at BA and MA levels at Manchester Metropolitan University and contributes to continual professional development collaborative projects with Lithuanian Universities in special education, management and economics. She is the English editor for a Lithuanian scientific journal and has received a Gold Award in recognition of long service collaboration with Siauliai University, Lithuania.
Acknowledgements Introduction to Second Edition Developing Critical Questions Developing Critical Reading Developing Critical Writing Developing Critical Reasoning Developing a Critical Approach Using Multiple Intelligences Developing as a Critical Practitioner Conclusion Critical Learning Log Appendix 1: Professional Capabilities Framework Appendix 2: Subject Benchmark for Social Work Glossary References Index