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ERIC Number: EJ1136241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Life Story Reflection in Social Work Education: A Practical Model
Spector-Mersel, Gabriela
Journal of Social Work Education, v53 n2 p286-299 2017
Drawing from the practice-oriented conception of reflection in social work, its applications in social work education typically focus on students' encounters with the field. Recognizing the value of practice-oriented reflection yet aware of its limitations, complementing it with life story reflection (LSR) is urged. The importance of LSR in social work education is discussed, and a three-phased application is proposed, which encourages reflection and reflexivity. First, future professionals recount their life stories, subsequently they analyze them, and eventually they explain them. LSR might be doubly beneficial in forming social workers as reflective practitioners. It is valuable in its own right, encouraging students' "big" self-understanding, and when combined with the customary modes of reflection in and on action, potentially deepening insights attained through them.
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Language: English
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