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.

Critical Realism

Critical realism
StellaJones-Devitt and LizSmith

This chapter considers some of the major concepts and debates associated with critical realism. It provides an overview of key ideas underpinning critical realism and its development as a theory. The chapter covers the overarching themes that prevail, assisting the reader through specific exercises and activities to gain an understanding of key principles and to assess both the relevance and application of critical realism as a tool for critical thinking in relation to health and social care.

Chapter Aims

  • To examine the concept of critical realism as a means of critical thinking in health and social care
  • To promote reflection upon the relevance and value of critical realism to the context of health and social care

Learning Outcomes

After studying this chapter, you should be ...

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