Reflective Practice In Social Work

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The historical rise of professions coincides with the unprecedented demand for expertise in matters concerning complex social and economic issues (Walker & McLean, 2013). Members of society increasingly seek the protagonist qualities of the professionals who represent a source of dexterity and competence. In this sense professionals have come to occupy a predominant place as the problems solvers of the modern era (Pandey, 1990). In the context of the child welfare domain, social work is generally considered to be the lead profession in matters concerning child protection (Jackson et al., 2003). In more recent times however, the reputation of the social worker has wavered amidst public scandals outlining the failures to protect children from abuse and neglect. Consequently modern social work practice is frequently subjected to intense public and political scrutiny, to make idealistic professional judgements that comply with the controlling forces of their own …show more content…
As advocated by McGee & Fraser (2011) the reflective practice model enables teachers to look past the technical rationality, an approach that merely condenses teaching into a sequential process of techniques to be applied to their students. Instead reflection in and on action makes it possible for teachers to implement their newly acquired knowledge and monitor the effectiveness of their innovative changes. Hence Bolton (2010) advocates the functional mechanism of reflective practice as an avenue for challenging preconceptions, ideologies, assumptions and holding personal behaviours accountable. Recognition of reflection as an integral part of practice can therefore contribute towards professional growth and change for strengthening purposeful practice frameworks (Munford et al.,

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