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.



StellaJones-Devitt and LizSmith

This chapter examines the nature of assumptions. It helps the reader to identify commonly held assumptions and establish how these gain validity and endure over time. Types of assumption and representation are discussed alongside issues of reality and certainty. The reader is introduced to notions of shifting contexts and multiple realities, and possible implications for professionalism and practice.

Chapter Aim

  • To examine the nature and validity of assumptions

Learning Outcomes

After studying this chapter, you should be able to:

  • identify commonplace and enduring assumptions
  • critically analyse physical and perceptual assumptions
  • appraise the relationship of shifting contexts and multiple realities to the manufacture of assumptions
  • explore the relationship of assumptions to professionalism

Identifying Assumptions

Before exploring why assumptions develop and prevail, it is important to consider their nature and initial purpose. The Critical ...

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