Reflexivity, its meanings and relevance for social work: a critical review of the literature

D`Cruz, Heather, Gillingham, Philip and Melendez, Sebastian 2007, Reflexivity, its meanings and relevance for social work: a critical review of the literature, British journal of social work, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 73-90.

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Title Reflexivity, its meanings and relevance for social work: a critical review of the literature
Author(s) D`Cruz, Heather
Gillingham, Philip
Melendez, Sebastian
Journal name British journal of social work
Volume number 37
Issue number 1
Start page 73
End page 90
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 0045-3102
1468-263X
Keyword(s) reflexivity
critical reflection
reflectivity
social work
Summary The concept of "reflexivity" has become increasingly significant in social work literature in relation to social work education, theory and practice. However, our reading of the literature indicates that there is a lack of clarity about the concept in terms of who is being exhorted to be "reflexive," when and how. This article addresses these questions through a critical review of social work literature since the 1990s that discusses the concept of "reflexivity." Given that many authors seem to use the concepts of "reflexivity" and "(critical) reflection" interchangeably, we also apply this analysis to "reflection" and "critical reflection." This article raises important questions about how the concepts of "reflexivity," "critical reflection" and "reflectivity" are defined and the different consequences such definitions might have for social work education, theory and practice.
Language eng
Field of Research 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2006
Copyright notice ©2006, Author
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003617

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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