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Practice placement in social workInnovative approaches for effective teaching and learning$
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Avril Bellinger and Deirdre Ford

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318606

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318606.001.0001

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Hidden in plain sight: use of an arts-based method for critical reflection

Hidden in plain sight: use of an arts-based method for critical reflection

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Practice placement in social work

Annastasia Maksymluk

Policy Press

This chapter explores a technique of employing imagery to extend student learning within a practice learning setting. In the UK, a climate of managerialism and prescriptive practice within social work, and increasingly within education, affords little time for the educator to move beyond delivering that which is deemed necessary to guide students to pass. Similarly, students may perceive that they have little time to grapple with anything that seems to be outside the narrow focus of professional assessment.This method illuminates how it may be possible to use limited time productively by drawing upon the stimuli and resources of everyday visuality which surrounds us, and yet generally is under-theorized within social work. By drawing upon and working with the visual, this method assumes an inclusive position which acknowledges multi modal learning styles. This may assist all students to move beyond the realm of the tick-box and the predictable. It shows how working with the visual can encourage questioning, and the integration of critical reflection. It can assist the consolidation of core understandings about what social work is and where, when and how we practise it.

Keywords:   Visuality, Practice education, Reflection

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