Learning Critical Reflection documents the actual learning experiences of social work students and practitioners. It explores how a more in-depth understanding of the process of learning, combined with an analysis of how to critically reflect, will help improve the learning process.

The contributors are all professionals who have learnt, in a formalised way, how to critically reflect on their practice. They speak in depth, and with feeling, about their experiences, how downsides and upsides worked together to transform the way they understood themselves, their professional identity, and their practice. Existing literature about critical reflection is reviewed, identifying the details of learning, and pulling no punches in recognising the difficulty and complexity of becoming transformed through this learning process. The editors of this book also contribute their own reflections on learning how to teach critical reflection and include the findings of a research study conducted on students’ learning.

Edited by two experienced educators, this book showcases the process of learning, from the perspective of the learners, in order that educators and students, managers, supervisors, and frontline practitioners alike, may make the most of opportunities to critically reflect in both educational and workplace settings. It should be considered essential reading for social work students, practitioners, and educators.

chapter 1|20 pages

Learning critical reflection

ByLaura Béres, Jan Fook

part I|2 pages

Developing an appropriate learning culture and strategies to support the critical reflection process

chapter 2|11 pages

Critical acceptance

A pathway to critical reflection on practice
ByTonya Salomons

chapter 4|11 pages

Finding exception

Application of narrative practice in professional critical reflection on practice
ByNate Meidinger

chapter 5|12 pages

Learning how to be reflective

ByHelen Hickson

section II|2 pages

The changes made from the learning process

chapter 8|12 pages

Critical reflection on practice

Reflecting on confidence and group dynamic
ByAshley Elsie-McKendrick

chapter 9|4 pages

Deconstructing ‘pretty’

ByJasmyne Lennox

chapter 10|15 pages

Social worker well-being and critical reflective practice

ByFenix Cornejo

section III|2 pages

Research and reflections on learning and teaching critical reflection

chapter 11|16 pages

Reflections on learning as a teacher

Sharing vulnerability
ByLaura Béres

chapter 12|15 pages

Researching the learning experience of critical reflection

ByLaura Béres, Jan Fook, Nate Meidinger, Tonya Salomons

chapter 13|11 pages


Issues in teaching and learning critical reflection
ByJan Fook, Laura Béres

chapter 14|11 pages

Resources for learning and teaching critical reflection

ByLaura Béres, Jan Fook