module specification

SW7013 - Advanced Reflective Practice (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Advanced Reflective Practice
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 300
45 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
207 hours Guided independent study
48 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Patchwork written assessment
Running in 2018/19 No instances running in the year

Module summary

• This module builds on participants previous learning and experience of reflective practice and its relevance in social work practice.
• Participants will have scope to gain insight to professional dilemmas within their professional practice and develop further critical analytical skills.
• The module explores a range of theoretical approaches to reflective practice. There will be a focus on models which consider the influence of underlying governing variables such as ‘Double Loop Learning’.
• This module will develop your ability to identify critical incidents in your workplace and use models of reflection to aid decision making and learn from the experience.


What is reflective practice? How did it develop and what are the models of reflective practice in current use? To include:  L.O 1
Gibbs Reflective Cycle
Bortons Reflective practitioner
Schonn and Argyris Single loop and double loop learning
Kolb Experiential learning
Johns Five patterns of knowing
Brookfields four lenses.

When and how should reflective practice and critical analysis be applied to social work practice and what happens when it isnt. To include;  L.O 1, 2
Analysis of individual cases and practice.
Barriers to effective professional practice
Identifying and learning from critical incidents
Understanding the critical analysis and evaluation processes of a critical incident

Skills for developing in-depth reflective practice. To include;  L.O 1, 2, 3
How to reflect and analyse
Which models suit you and your situation
When should you record your reflections?
Practical issues of undertaking research

Ethical consideration & exploring sensitive topics. To include;  L.O 3, 4, 6
Safeguarding and learning from Safeguarding Adults and Children’s Reviews
Research ethics and boundaries
Addressing the poor practice of others
The role of professional supervision

Developing a personal action plan for using reflective practice and critical analysis in all aspects of professional (and perhaps personal) life.  L.O 1,2,3,4,5
To include;
Analysis of current professional situation
Evidenced record of skills and achievements
Reflection on professional pathway to date
Using that reflection to set professional goas and targets

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The richness of adult learning and training is the diversity of the participants. In roles, levels of experience, priorities, levels of understanding, personality, ethnicity etc. This module will enable everyone to have a positive experience of the course, the key messages of the programme will be re-enforced in various ways to ensure people with visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learning styles have equal opportunity to absorb the essential information. This will be achieved by using lots of real examples, chosen to relate as closely as possible to the work place of the specific participants. It should also involve encouraging participants to think of examples themselves in situations they may be part of and in settings they visit. If the sessions feel really relevant and targeted to the participants, they are far more likely to achieve the learning outcomes.

We will ensure participants understand how to access further resources, e learning packages to support their learning is essential in achieving a blended learning approach. Only a limited amount of information can be absorbed at a workshop so it important participants have opportunity for good reflective effective supervision, mentoring and modelling to embed new skills and knowledge and the motivation to seek further information as required.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module participants will have:

1. Developed knowledge and skills in a range of theories and approaches to reflective practice.
2. Developed an understanding of when they can be applied to their practice and how to support others to use reflective approaches
3. Discussed why practice can be damaged by a lack of reflection and analysis.
4. Explored how reflective practice and critical analysis improves outcomes for adults in receipt of services
5. Examined why critical analysis informs research and development of social work.
6. Considered how to use reflective practice as a tool for professional development

Assessment strategy

In order to critically analyse your role in your work place by reflecting on specific critical incidents that provide an opportunity for learning from experience assessment will use a Patchwork Text and Media approach, which breaks the assignment into smaller pieces of writing and media called ‘patches’.
At regular intervals in the module, you will produce draft patches, which are task orientated and focus on specific learning outcomes. You will be expected to share draft patches online in groups at specified times for peer and/or tutor formative feedback. This sharing of drafts is part of the learning process in the module.
The patches are ‘stitched’ together with a final reflective analysis that looks back at the earlier patches and module learning. The final patches and stitching piece are submitted together as a single piece of work for assessment.



Core Text:
Reflective Practice in Social Work (Transforming Social Work Practice Series)
2016 by Christine Knott and Terry Scragg

Other Texts:
Guided Reflection: A Narrative Approach to Advancing Professional Practice Paperback – 20 Aug 2010 by Christopher Johns (Editor)
The reflective practitioner: how professionals think in action. Schön, Donald A. (1983).  New York: Basic Books. ISBN 046506874X.
Tales from the dark side: a phenomenography of adult critical reflection. Brookfield, S. (1994) International Journal of Lifelong Education, 13(3), 203-216.
The Social Work Pocket Guide to: Reflective Practice 
1 Oct 2010 by Siobhan Maclean
Action Learning in Social Work. Learning Matters: Exeter. Abbott, C. and Taylor, P. (2013)
A critique of the domestic law framework Access to Social Care Human Rights: transforming services? By Bowen, P (2014) London. Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

Social Work Theory and Practice (2017) by Lesley Deacon - University of Sunderland, UK Stephen J. Macdonald - University of Sunderland, UK

The British Journal of Social Work (Oxford journals for BASW)
Professional Social Work. (BASW)
Journal of Social Work  SAGE Publications Ltd
British Journal of Social Work  Social Care Online

Getting started with Reflective Practice -
British Association of Social Workers: BASW
Community Care Social Work News & Social Care Jobs
National Institute for Social Work: NISW
The British Journal of Social Work Oxford Academic - Oxford Journals

Electronic Databases:
Social Care Online.
Social Policy & Practice

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