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By the light of the Tao

Humphrey, Caroline



This article unveils a three-stage model of critical reflection which has emerged from research with social work students and their educators in England. In the first stage we acquire the art of reflection in everyday life-worlds as we process raw experiencing and convert it into transferable learning. In the second stage reflection becomes critical when conjoined to the art of reframing as we access alternative standpoints to reflect more broadly and deeply upon the status quo. In the third stage critical reflection realises itself in practical reform as professionals become change-agents in the world. Beyond this is meta-reflection which is of particular relevance to educators and researchers, and the Tao is invoked at this level as a way of appreciating the complexity of such journeying. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2009
Journal European Journal Of Social Work
Print ISSN 1369-1457
Electronic ISSN 1468-2664
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 3
Pages 377-390
APA6 Citation Humphrey, C. (2009). By the light of the Tao. European Journal of Social Work, 12(3), 377-390. doi:10.1080/13691450902930779
Keywords Social Sciences (miscellaneous); Sociology and Political Science

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