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Critical considering in wellbeing and fitness & Social Care is designed to equip practitioners with the data and instruments they should significantly study perform of their personal office. The publication provides quite a number diverse approaches, each of that is defined and down to earth in perform utilizing case experiences, problem-solving eventualities and place of work examples. the sensible instruments which shape the middle of the e-book are contextualised by means of an exploration of what constitutes wisdom and facts and the kinds of assumptions that are often held and that have a referring to perform.

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Hardey (1999) argues that health expertise is now defined holistically to encompass lay knowledge from a range of sources including patients, carers and family members. This shift, combined with increased scrutiny of health professionals’ knowledge bases and claims to self-regulation, represents a challenge to the accepted wisdom of medical expertise and seeks to deprofessionalise by blurring the boundaries between consumer and expert. Part of the demystification of health professionals’ knowledge bases has involved the development of a raft of policies and protocols that aim to explicate contractual obligations between public service providers and the populations they serve.

What type of learning predominates in your workplace? How do you ‘know’ what you know? Paul (2004) suggests that critical thinking skills could be revolutionised in higher education if institutions started to teach content through thinking rather than content and then thinking. Exemplars include: history being taught as historical thinking, sociology as sociological thinking. He argues that with such an approach, the critical thinking curriculum is then used to: foster the intellectual traits essential to critical thinking .

127). 18 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... qxd 15/6/07 4:27 PM Page 19 THE AUTHENTICITY OF KNOWLEDGE Both Curry (1997) and Blackler (1995) suggest that there is a tendency to view knowledge in production as a concrete and somewhat reified entity, whereas it is more useful to analyse knowledge industry claims in terms of knowledge as a social ‘process’ running alongside more one-dimensional views of knowledge as a commodity.

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