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Scaffolding critical reflection across the curricula of a social welfare degree

Published on Nov 10, 2019in Social Work Education
· DOI :10.1080/02615479.2019.1687665
Louise Whitaker4
Estimated H-index: 4
(SCU: Southern Cross University),
Elizabeth Claire Reimer4
Estimated H-index: 4
(SCU: Southern Cross University)
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ABSTRACTThis paper reports findings of the second phase of a formative peer review into the critical reflection curricula in a Bachelor of Social Welfare course in a university in regional Australi...
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