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Enhancing knowledge and practice of ‘personal reflexivity’ among social work students: a pedagogical strategy informed by Archer’s theory

Published on May 13, 2020in Social Work Education
· DOI :10.1080/02615479.2020.1764522
John Cavener (Northumbria University), Sharon Vincent5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Northumbria University)
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This paper presents findings of a pedagogical strategy for enhancing social work students’ knowledge and practice of ‘personal reflexivity’. Twenty-five MA students in England were presented ideas ...
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