• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Social Work students need to be critical, analytical and evaluative in their thinking, reading and writing when undertaking the challenge of a degree course. 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 will help students develop these essential skills by linking activities and reflection points to practice and social work theory. There are full links to the Professional Capabilities Framework throughout and this revised edition features a new chapter on developing emotional intelligence. This new chapter makes the book particularly useful for students about to go on placement.


This book has taken you through a developmental process by raising your awareness of how to ask critical questions, how to read and write with a critical eye, and how to apply these skills to critical reasoning and to approaches employing multiple intelligences. Finally, you will have brought all these together to launch your career as a critical practitioner. You have used the activities contained here to practise all of these attributes and responded to, and reflected upon these, in your learning log.

Of course, this is not all there is to it. This is not the place to stop. First you will complete your practice placements on your course, then undertake your ASYE. Following your status as a registered practitioner you will continue to ...

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