The challenges of creating critically reflective groups

Jan Fook

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    In this article the author reflects on her experiences in establishing an enabling climate in critically reflective groups. The author also addresses some particular challenges for educators and participants who are firmly committed to social justice values. The author outlines some embedded ways of thinking about how we make knowledge and how we make a sense of ourselves that can inhibit critical reflection. The author pinpoints five specific internalised cultures about "the expert," "the manager," "the evangelist," "the victim," and "the technician." From an awareness of these, the author then suggests an orientation for enabling critical reflection based on the notion of "co-researching."

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)218-234
    Number of pages17
    JournalSocial Work with Groups
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Critical reflection
    • Critically reflective group culture
    • Establishing critical reflective climate
    • Social justice values


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