• 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.

Critical Learning Log
Critical learning log

Here is a list of the critical learning activities in this book. If you proceed through these gradually you will be able to create experiences that support you to become a critical social work practitioner. Keep a separate book, loose-leaf folder or an e-journal for all your responses. To keep track of where you are up to, tick off each activity as you complete them. Remember it can be useful to work through the activities with a peer or mentor.

Chapter 1 – Developing Critical Questions
Tick when completed
Activity 1.1
Your current position within critical learning.
Using the critical questions framework with your next assignment.
Activity 1.2
Lone mothers.
Activity 1.3
Consolidation quiz.
Activity 1.4
Pose questions using the four areas of the questions framework ready for your next assignment.
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