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Knowledge and reasoning in social work: educating for humane judgement.

Taylor, C. P. and White, S. (2006) Knowledge and reasoning in social work: educating for humane judgement. British Journal of Social Work, 36 (6). pp. 937-954. ISSN 1468-263X

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Abstract

Much has been made of the uncertainties and contingencies of practice, and of the need for social workers to make more explicit use of formal knowledge in order to reduce this uncertainty. However, we argue that this focus on making certainty out of uncertainty glosses over the ways in which both knowledge and practice often propel practitioners towards early and certain judgements when a position of ‘respectful uncertainty’ might be more appropriate. Facilitating learning that will help social workers to deal with uncertainty raises challenges for social work educators. If they are to equip social workers with the skills to exercise ‘wise judgement under conditions of uncertainty’, they will need to recognize the ways in which both theory and popular knowledge are invoked to make unequivocal knowledge in case formulation. In this paper, we suggest ways in which students can be helped to remain in uncertainty and interrogate their knowledge and case reasoning.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Social Work
Additional Information: 50% contribution RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional education ; case reasoning ; moral judgement ; reflexivity ; certainty
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 3399
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 17 Mar 2008 09:51
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:31
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3399

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