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Applying Critical Thinking and Analysis in Social Work

Applying Critical Thinking and Analysis in Social Work

April 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

Very helpful, well written with handy examples and ideas for excercises supporting development and understanding of critical thinking and analysis. Must read for students on professional courses.

Mrs Aga M Buckley
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University
May 7, 2020

A useful text for students of all levels with good examples.

Dr Steve Hothersall
Social Work, Edge Hill University
August 27, 2020

A very helpful text for those entering social work training in all of the different formats - will be particularly useful for those on apprenticeship programmes applying theory directly to practice.

Mr Luke Tibbits
school of Psychological Social & Behavioural Sciencs, Coventry University
October 21, 2019

An excellent resource when introducing youth justice to social work students

Keith Davies
School of Social Work, Kingston University
February 10, 2020

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

Linda Homan
Faculty Of Health And Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University
July 15, 2019

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

Mr Robin Sen
Department of Sociological Studies, Sheffield University
July 15, 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
June 5, 2019