1st Edition

Critical Reflection in Context
Applications in Health and Social Care

ISBN 9780415684255
Published November 8, 2012 by Routledge
264 Pages

USD $51.95

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Book Description

Critical reflection enables practitioners – especially those within health and social care –to theorise from their own practice, improving and developing their work and practising both creatively and professionally.

This book provides an accessible overview of the influential Fook/Gardner Critical Reflection framework for students, researchers and professionals. It then presents a wide range of illustrative case studies from a variety of different health and social care settings, demonstrating how it can be used in effective and innovative practice around the world. By highlighting how professionals are actually using the Fook/Gardner model of critical reflection, it shares practical and resourceful ideas and provides specific theoretical and practical guidelines for use. It also further conceptualises and develops the theory of critical reflection by articulating underlying theory used in practice. The book also draws out particular issues for how critical reflection might be better practised within organisations, and develops a framework for a better understanding of this. The book is divided into four parts, discussing critical reflection in:

  • Professional Practice
  • Supervision and Management
  • Research
  • Education

Including an up-to-date overview of the framework written by Jan Fook, this helpful text makes a significant contribution in terms of the practical theorizing of critical reflection. It will be of use to health and social care professionals keen to practice creatively and effectively, especially those undertaking short courses or further development in supervision, critical reflection, advanced practice, and leadership and management.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Critical Reflection in Context: Contemporary Perspectives and Issues  Jan Fook  Section 1: Critical Reflection in Professional Practice  Chapter 2. Kathleen McLoughlin and Sinead McGilloway  Chapter 3. Integrating Spirituality and Critical Reflection: Toward Critical Spirituality  Fiona Gardner  Chapter 4. Not Beating Around the Bush - Critical Reflection in a Rural Community Health Service  Gavan Thomson  Chapter 5. Learning Critical Reflection for Professional Practice  Helen Hickson  Chapter 6. Using Critical Reflection to Research Practice in a Mental Health Setting  Fiona Gardner  Section 2: Critical Reflection in Supervision and Management  Chapter 7. Critical Reflection in Statutory Work  Yolande Ferguson  Chapter 8. Critical Reflection and Supervision – An Interdisciplinary Experience  Fiona Gardner and Eddie Taalman  Chapter 9. Thinking Critically About Student Supervision  Lynne Allan  Chapter 10. Cringe-ical Reflection? Notes on Critical Reflection and Team Supervision in a Statutory Setting  Jeffrey Gordon Baker  Chapter 11. Learning to Play Hide and Seek with Pink Elephants  Belinda Hearne  Section 3: Critical Reflection in Research  Chapter 12. The Challenges of Using Critical Reflection to Develop Contextually Appropriate Social Work  Gurid Aga Askeland  Chapter 13. Using Critical Reflection to Research Spirituality in Clinical Practice  Janet Allen  Chapter 14. Some Methodological and Ethical Tensions in Using Critical Reflection as a Research Methodology  Christine Morley  Section 4: Critical Reflection in Education  Chapter 15. Critical Reflection Training to Social Workers in a Large, Non-Elective University Class  Riki Savaya  Chapter 16. Critical Reflection: Multiple Applications within Physiotherapy and Medicine  Clare Delaney and Deborah Watkin  Chapter 17. Critical Reflection in Social Work Education  Roslyn Giles and Rosalie Pockett  Chapter 18. An On-Line Critical Reflection Dialogue Group  Gail Baikie, Carolyn Campbell, Jackie Thornhill and Jodi Butler  Conclusion  Chapter 19. Implementing Critical Reflection in Health and Social Care Settings  Jan Fook

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Jan Fook is Professor and Director of the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University, Canada.

Fiona Gardner is Head of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, Australia.


'Jan Fook and Fiona Gardner have the enviable knack of making very practical connections between different theoretical perspectives on critical reflection and its application in organizational and community settings. This edited collection provides us with some vivid case studies of critical reflection in action and will be helpful to teachers and practitioners seeking to understand how this process plays itself out in practice.' – Stephen D. Brookfield, Distinguished University Professor, University of St. Thomas, USA.

‘Critical reflection is a powerful way of thinking and doing. This excellent book has international reach and provides a narrative for professionals working at the front line of practice, education and research. It tells stories of professionals applying critical reflection to enhance practice, organisational change and personal learning. If you dip into the book you will find practical gems, and if you read longer, theoretical development emerges from the practical applications. There is something for everyone.’ – Professor Fiona Ross, Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University and St George's, University of London, UK.