Book Review: Effective Practice Learning in Social Work


    Jonathan Parker, Learning Matters


    ISBN 18844450155, £14

    STAR RATING 4/5

    Parker’s book should be viewed as an invaluable resource
    that can assist those involved in developing their own and others’
    practice in social work, writes Giles Bashford.

    I liked the author’s initial focus on values and ethics moving
    seamlessly on to the critical importance of integrating theory with
    practice. He also highlights the practical aspects of the placement
    with useful advice, activities and tools to enable and enhance
    learning.

    I would have liked Parker to have further developed his arguments
    in regards to the centrality of values and anti-oppressive practice
    at the expense of the later more practical exploration of the
    placement. In this respect the book should be used as a starting
    point in developing evidence-based, critically reflective practice.
    An essential work for anyone involved in practice learning.

    Giles Bashford is a senior practitioner at Solihull Council

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