Critical Thinking in Health & Social Care is designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and tools they need to critically examine practice in their own workplace. The book presents a range of different approaches, each of which is explained and grounded in practice using case studies, problem-solving scenarios and workplace examples. The practical tools which form the core of the book are contextualised by an exploration of what constitutes knowledge and evidence and the types of assumptions which are commonly held and which have a bearing on practice.

The Authenticity of Knowledge

The Authenticity of Knowledge

The authenticity of knowledge
StellaJones-Devitt and LizSmith

This chapter considers the social construction and privileging of knowledge and the relationship to ideology. It examines the supposed growth and development of a ‘Knowledge Industry’ society alongside the global demise of manufacturing economies. It explores the implications of enforcing Service Industry workers to become knowledge producers per se. Some of the uncritical assumptions underpinning the reification of the knowledge industry are challenged; both in terms of its real existence and as a possible force for liberating individual workers from the oppression of material ‘outputs’. For example, has there really been a shift in wealth creation from control of organisational and material resources to a dependence on individual ‘expertise’, and, hence, individual workers? Activities and exercises ...

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