Teaching community development personal practice frameworks

Westoby, Peter and Ingamells, Ann (2012) Teaching community development personal practice frameworks. Social Work Education, 31 3: 383-396. doi:10.1080/02615479.2010.550913

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Author Westoby, Peter
Ingamells, Ann
Title Teaching community development personal practice frameworks
Journal name Social Work Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0261-5479
Publication date 2012
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02615479.2010.550913
Volume 31
Issue 3
Start page 383
End page 396
Total pages 14
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract The article, drawing on the results of a small research project investigating a cohort of student-practitioners who had studied a course titled ‘Frameworking for Community Development’, considers the implications for teaching within a university setting. The findings of the research discuss such topics as, what a personal practice framework is, the process of creating such a framework by practitioner-learners, and the use of traditions. Within the discussion the article argues for a shift away from using a ‘personal practice framework’, to a ‘subjectively held practice framework’, reflecting an increased awareness that the journey towards constructing a practice framework is itself an active engagement in a community of practice, rather than, or as well as, an intellectual or introspective personal journey. Furthermore, the article proposes that to create an experience of elicitive learning in a community of practice today runs counter to the usual learning style of universities. It requires opportunities to talk, to learn together, and to be with uncertainty and ambivalence, to challenge each other. The article contributes significant new social work thinking in relation to both reflective practice and teaching for community development.
Keyword Community development
Personal practice frameworks
Reflective learning
Curriculum development
Curriculum research
Constructing practice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 23 February 2011.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Tue, 20 Sep 2011, 13:52:21 EST by Dr Peter Westoby on behalf of School of Social Work and Human Services