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The Social Work Pocket Guide to...Reflective Practice

By Siobhan Maclean (Kirwin Maclean Associates Ltd)

Co-published by de Sitter Publications for distribution in Canada and globally to libraries and library systems.

ISBN 978-1-897160-65-7
Pub date: July 30, 2011
Pages: 134



  • What is reflection?
  • What is reflective practice?
  • What is critical reflection?
  • What is reflexivity?
  • What are the origins of reflective practice?
  • Dewey’s five states of thinking


  • Why is reflective practice important to human services?
  • Professionalism and reflection
  • Learning and reflection
  • Korthagen’s reflective onion
  • Forms of reflection
  • Single loop and double loop learning
  • Improving practice
  • Practice learning and reflective practice
  • Ethics and reflective practice
  • Emotional intelligence and reflective practice
  • Why do workers in human services find reflective practice difficult?


  • Keeping it positive
  • Critical friends
  • Reflective journals
  • Using a model
  • Schön
  • Johns
  • Boud, Keogh and Walker
  • Gibbs
  • Borton
  • Fook
  • Smyth
  • Transformative learning
  • Reflective writing
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