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Improving professionalism through reflection and discourse in communities of practice: the key situations in social work model and project.

Staempfli, Adi; Tov, Eva; Kunz, Regula; Tschopp, Dominik and Eugster Stamm, Stefan. 2016. Improving professionalism through reflection and discourse in communities of practice: the key situations in social work model and project. Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 14(2), pp. 59-79. ISSN 1746-6113 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Professional social work under conditions of uncertainty and complexity requires integration of various forms of knowledge, practice and values and entails managing emotions skilfully to make ethical professional judgements. The article discusses these challenges for social work(ers) and introduces the key situation in social work model. It consists of a systematic reflection process of typical, reoccurring practice situations in communities of practice (CoPs). Situated knowledge, memorised in relation to situations is dominant and is more easily accessed in practice. Situated knowledge, co-produced in reflections on key situations, is documented and shared on a virtual platform. Therefore, the model offers a concept for situated knowledge management and for discursive examination in professional and scientific communities. In the #keysituation project a platform was constructed and 10 CoPs with 35 active members from practice and academia quality assure its content. Based on the literature nine design principles for CoPs are suggested. The authors describe how these were applied. Success and failure depends on balancing three constituent aspects of CoPs: domain, community and practice. The model offers a flexible approach to continuous professional development (CPD), which fosters a learning culture essential to overcome managerial, technocratic approaches so prevalent in social work organisations.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1921/jpts.v14i2.940

Keywords:

Professional practice / theory and practice integration / reflection process / communities of practice / knowledge management / continuous professional development

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Social Work

Dates:

DateEvent
13 April 2016Accepted
1 July 2016Published Online

Item ID:

17938

Date Deposited:

14 Apr 2016 13:45

Last Modified:

27 Feb 2019 15:07

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/17938

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