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Reflection groups using Vignettes – a method to deepen professional knowledge
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences.
2014 (English)In: Third International Conference on Practice Research June 9-11, 2014: conference abstracts, New York: Hunter School , 2014Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Reflection groups using Vignettes – a method to deepen professional knowledge

 In the pursuit of integrating practice and research a successful method has been created that uses a research technique (the Vignette method) as a way for practitioners to come together and reflect on their own practice. Over 600 professionals from the social services, nursery schools and schools have participated in these Reflection groups. The aim of Reflection groups using Vignettes is a way to elucidate practice knowledge in social work by critical reflections and research techniques. Assembling social workers exclusively or together with other professional partners in reflection groups together with a researcher creates new knowledge. Typical cases with problematic situations or episodes are described in intensifying sequences. Each sequence demonstrates information crucial for assessments and decision making. Questions are put to each vignette on how to go about in the case and why. Thus comparisons can be made on social workers attitudes and work procedures as they are put in front of the same information. Themes that arise in the group process are put together and with the help of the researcher linked to theoretical concepts and current research. By using an example from a reflection group with vignettes about a Child Protection investigation in an ethnic minority family, issues on ethnic sensitivity in social work are discussed. The method becomes a tool for making visible ethnocentrisms, prejudices about gender, class and sexuality as well as hidden structures in the work process. The overall aim is to develop assessments in Child Protection investigations.  

 

 

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New York: Hunter School , 2014.
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Social Work
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110505OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-110505DiVA: diva2:771949
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Third International Conference on Practice Research June 9-11, 2014 Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College New York City
Available from: 2014-12-15 Created: 2014-12-15 Last updated: 2015-04-27Bibliographically approved

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