Action Learning in Social Work
Social Work Practice (General)
The authors use Action Learning to explore fundamental aspects of good social work including for example person centred and anti-oppressive practice. The notions of social and emotional intelligence and being critically reflective are also explored in the context of action learning. This book is practical, skills-based and essential reading for all social workers who wish to extend their understanding and knowledge.
The book is co-authored by Christine Abbott and Paul Taylor, both of whom have extensive knowledge and experience of working with action learning sets and their passion for this approach to learning is evident throughout the book...Overall, there is much to be gained from the ideas within this book and there are some interesting ideas about how social workers can be active within their own learning and problem solving activities within the context of an action learning set. There are some useful pedagogical features throughout the book that encourage engagement with a critically reflective process and underpin the key principles of action learning as an approach to questioning and problem solving.
This is a really helpful and accessible text which walks the reader through the origins and current application of AL.
Overly complicated writing style and syructure which I felt detracted from the content.
A great introduction and overview for students that want to know more about social work practice and learning as praxis. The book gives insightful examples and case scenarios that can be easily adopted in classroom setting
I became aware of this book following a local visit by its author. Action learning will be a focus within the largest employing organisation in this area. This book makes action learning accessible to my final year students and will prepare them for the tranisition into employment which they will be able to enter as ready to continue personal learning and to contribute to organisational learning
This is a very good book for post qualifying practitioners who are either interested in becoming a practice educator or generally interested in practice learning per se.
Like all of the learning matters books, they are easily accessible and break down thinking / theories that can be understood and put into practice.
Easy to read and understand, clear interesting chapters, good case studies and relevant reflection points throughout
This is a well written book for social work students and practitioners. the examples are well drawn and helpful links made to the Professional Capabilities Framework.
The book combines the approaches within reflective practice and emotional intelligence that have become accepted ways of working within social work, with action learning, an emerging approach. The result is a useful pragmatic approach to learning and development of good practice in modern social work.
The book doesn't give the detail I'd hoped for in relation to types of action learning.