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Applying complexity theoryWhole systems approaches to criminal justice and social work$
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Aaron Pycroft and Clemens Bartollas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447311409

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447311409.001.0001

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Complexity Theory, Trans-Disciplinary Working And Reflective Practice

Complexity Theory, Trans-Disciplinary Working And Reflective Practice

(p.181) Nine Complexity Theory, Trans-Disciplinary Working And Reflective Practice
Applying complexity theory

Fiona McDermott

Policy Press

Chapter Nine makes the argument from a realist perspective that it is at the level of practice/intervention that the interconnectedness and interdependency of systems are revealed with particular clarity, confronting practitioners with the reality of what complexity is and means, and its potentially overwhelming impact. As the delivery of public services becomes more complicated and complex, it highlights the importance of reflective practice and the need to develop this in line with complexity theory. The chapter argues that what emerges from the interaction of the team itself is a source of insight for reflection-on-practice and reflection-in-practice. The chapter makes an argument for a ‘new’ type of human service provider, one who is a specialist or expert in working across systems.

Keywords:   interconnectedness, interdependency, complexity, interaction, reflection-on-practice, reflection-in-practice

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