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Continuing professional development in social work$
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Carmel Halton, Fred Powell, and Margaret Scanlon

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307372

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307372.001.0001

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Learning and reflection

Learning and reflection

(p.125) Six Learning and reflection
Continuing professional development in social work

Carmel Halton

Fred Powell

Margaret Scanlon

Policy Press

In recent years the contribution that reflection makes to social work practice, research and education has been debated. This chapter extends the debate that began in Chapter 2 on the role of reflective inquiry in social work education. In this chapter the authors examine the nature of reflective inquiry and discuss its possible contribution to Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The roots of reflective inquiry, as represented in educational theory, are explored. The use is discussed of the portfolio as a developmental and formative assessment tool in social work training and in CPD. The authors’ consider the potential of reflective inquiry to support social workers to respond with thoughtful and intentional deliberation to the many uncertain conditions and contexts of practice, and in so doing to support and facilitate practitioners’ on-going professional development.

Keywords:   Reflection, Reflective inquiry, CPD, Social work education

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