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Applying Critical Thinking and Analysis in Social Work

Applying Critical Thinking and Analysis in Social Work

June 2019 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This highly practical guidebook will help you develop the critical and analytical skills essential to your successful social work education and evidence-informed, reflective practice.

Key features include: 

  • Theoretical break down and simplification of key theories
  • How to avoid common pitfalls
  • Activities to help you cement your learning
  • Case studies applicable in practice.

This will support you right from the very beginning of your programme through to the end of your final placement and into practice. 

Part I: An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Analysis
Chapter 1: Introduction to Critical thinking
Chapter 2: Introduction to Critical Knowledge
Part II: An Introduction to Critical Reading and Writing
Chapter 3: Critical Reading
Chapter 4: Critical Writing
Part III: Critical Thinking and Analysis in Practice
Chapter 5: Critical Reflection
Chapter 6: Professional Judgement and Decision Making
Chapter 7: Critical Analysis and Working with Risks and Strengths
Chapter 8: Reflexivity and Use of Self
Chapter 9: Analytical Assessments and Report Writing

This book is a very valuable and rich resource to enable social work students in training to develop effective critical thinking skills and habits. It has excellent content and practice relevant exercises with which to encourage students to develop their critical thinking further both in their academic studies and professional practice.

Jasper Shotts
Dean of Lincoln Academy of Learning and Teaching, University of Lincoln

As the authors of this book suggest, critical thinking is a ‘sought after’ skill in social work practice, yet is something that can be difficult for students to conceptualise. This practical text is written in such a way, that it aims to speak directly to student social workers to help them understand the concept, and application of, critical thinking. A range of models are clearly set out by the authors for students to follow, including helpful themes such as ‘danger points’ which alert students to some of the pitfalls in certain models of thinking.

I therefore recommend this book be used by student social workers throughout their social work degrees to help them develop and master their skills.

Lesley Deacon
Senior Lecturer Applied Social Studies and Social Work, The University of Sunderland

Really thorough book covering a comprehensive insight into critical thinking and analysis.

Linda Homan
Faculty Of Health And Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University
April 8, 2019

Thought provoking, humane and grounded. A really helpful addition to the social work literature.

Mr Robin Sen
Department of Sociological Studies, Sheffield University
March 26, 2019

This book enables the more studious student to develop a greater understanding of critical analysis in relation to lecturers it offers some useful information in relation to developing this critical area in social work practice and teaching.

Mrs Toni Benaton
Britannia Mill Campus, Derby University
December 8, 2018

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