Looking back, looking forward: using a duoethnographic study to explore the role of personal positioning in social work education in the UK and Slovenia

Fox, Joanna and Videmšek, Petra (2021) Looking back, looking forward: using a duoethnographic study to explore the role of personal positioning in social work education in the UK and Slovenia. European Journal of Social Work, 24 (3). pp. 527-540. ISSN 1468-2664

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2019.1689927

Abstract

This article highlights the importance of learning about reflective processes in social work education, because acts of reflection enable us to learn from past experiences in order to improve our future practice. We show how duoethnography, as a reflective method, enables us, as two social work academics from the UK and Slovenia, to investigate our personal positioning and its influence on our practice. This duoethnographic study allows the authors to challenge their place in the status quo, and consider their social and political position in society. Alongside the use of duoethnography as a reflective method, the analysis of critical incidents, is used herewith to develop our personal and professional knowledge base. We consider how our own educational experience taught us to value the perspectives of experts-by-experience in all aspects of our practice, investigating disclosure of our own self and identity in this process; furthermore we consider the importance of incorporating the perspectives of experts-by-experience in the wider professional development of social workers. Consequently, we recommend that social workers reflect on their experience throughout their professional development; and suggest the potential of duoethnography as a potentially significant method in the development of theory and practice in social work.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: reflective practice, critical reflection, autoethnography, professional development, social work education
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2019 09:41
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2021 16:30
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704924

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