Critical Thinking for Social Workers: Exercises for the Helping Professions / Edition 1

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Overview

Critical Thinking for Social Workers is an experiential textbook which encourages a well reasoned approach to life-affecting decisions in actual social work situations.

Leonard Gibbs and Eileen Gambrill provide hands-on practice exercises which allow students to reflect on their judgement and critical thinking skills.

An Instructor's Manual is available for adopters of the text, who request it on the letterhead of their institution.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761986089
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/22/1998
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard Gibbs (MSSW, ACSW) received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Social Welfare, in 1977. He has since taught a full range of courses in the baccalaureate program in social work at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Much of his research has concerned teaching and ways to improve practice decision making.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: CRITICAL THINKING: WHAT IT IS AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
Introduction
The Role of Critical Thinking in the Helping Professions
Exercise 1 Making Decisions about Intervention
Exercise 2 Reviewing Your Beliefs about Knowledge
PART TWO: RECOGNIZING PROPAGANDA IN HUMAN SERVICES ADVERTISING
Exercise 3 Evaluating Human Service Advertisements
Exercise 4 Watching Doctor Fox
Exercise 5 Does Scaring Youth Help Them 'Go Straight'?
Applying Principles of Reasoning, Inference, Decision Making and Evaluation
PART THREE: FALLACIES AND PITFALLS IN PROFESSIONAL DECISION MAKING: WHAT THEY ARE AND HOW TO AVOID THEM
Exercise 6 Using the Professional Thinking Form
Exercise 7 Reasoning-in-Practice Game A
Common Practice Fallacies
Exercise 8 Reasoning-in-Practice Game B
Group and Interpersonal Dynamics
Exercise 9 Reasoning-in-Practice Game C
Cognitive Biases in Practice
Exercise 10 Preparing a Fallacies Film Festival
Exercise 11 Fallacy-Spotting in Professional Contexts
PART FOUR: THINKING CRITICALLY ABOUT SPECIFIC ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION DECISIONS
Exercise 12 Evaluating Study Quality and Treatment Effect
Exercise 13 Describing Problems
A Key Part of Assessment
Exercise 14 Making Predictions
Exercise 15 Critical Thinking as a Guide to Making Ethical Decisions
Exercise 16 Error as Process
Templating, Justification and Ratcheting
Exercise 17 Evaluating Diagnostic Tests
Exercise 18 Reviewing Intervention Plans
Exercise 19 Analyzing Arguments
Exercise 20 Thinking Critically about Case Records
PART FIVE: IMPROVING EDUCATIONAL AND PRACTICE ENVIRONMENTS
Exercise 21 Encouraging a Culture of Thoughtfulness
Exercise 22 Evaluating the Teaching of Critical-Thinking Skills
Exercise 23 Problem-Based Learning
Exercise 24 Evidence-Based Practice

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