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Social Work

On-line version ISSN 2312-7198
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ESAU, Merlene  and  KEET, Anneline. Reflective social work education in support of socially just social work practice: The experience of social work students at a university in South Africa. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2014, vol.50, n.4, pp.455-468. ISSN 2312-7198.

The use of reflective skills as a cognitive tool in education to cultivate critical responsiveness to practice was investigated. The study aimed to determine students' ability to engage with practice in an insightful manner. Forty-two third-year students participated through reflective exercises on their community work projects. The study was qualitative in nature, using thematic content analysis. The findings indicated that critical reflection, as an educational tool, encourages constructive engagement in students. This paper argues that for social work to fulfil its social justice mandate, social work education is vital in honing the graduate attributes required for this purpose.

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