Reflecting forward: exploring how to support social work students to transfer their reflective skills into the workplace

Linda Walker, Divya Jindal-Snape, Fiona Clark, Frances Deacon

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    Whilst reflective processes are valued, promoted and actively assessed on social work qualifying programmes, once in the workplace practitioners report a lack of protected time and the absence of organisational supports militate against continued reflective activity.(Jindal-Snape & Holmes,2009) The Continuous Learning Framework, (Scottish Government,2008), has been designed to support learning across the Social Services workforce in Scotland with an emphasis on continuous improvement through self and collective reflection. This study aims to explore how the introduction of the framework to students on social work programmes, both within classroom and practice settings, supports reflective processes through the transition from pre to post qualification. It further seeks to explore how this may positively impact on the learning culture of organisations through reflective skills being improved and internalised at the point of qualification.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChallenges in professional learning across the disciplines
    Subtitle of host publicationabstracts from EAPRIL Conference 5th European Practice - Based and Practitioner Research Conference November 24-26, 2010, Lisbon, Portugal
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010
    EventEAPRIL Conference: 5th European Practice-Based and Practitioner Research Conference - Lisbon, Portugal
    Duration: 24 Nov 201026 Nov 2010


    ConferenceEAPRIL Conference


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