Journal Article

The Knowledge Spectrum: A Framework for Teaching Knowledge and its Use in Social Work Practice

Jennifer Osmond

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 35, issue 6, pages 881-900
Published in print September 2005 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch280
The Knowledge Spectrum: A Framework for Teaching Knowledge and its Use in Social Work Practice

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For students, educators play a pivotal role in identifying and explaining the knowledge that can guide social work practice. Yet there is an absence of educational tools that can assist the educator with this objective. The knowledge spectrum framework is an innovative tool that was developed to explain the possibilities of what can inform social work practice. As a tool, it can be utilized to show that knowledge use in practice is a dynamic process, illustrating that knowledge can be created, modified and discarded by practitioners. The framework can also be utilized to capture the complexity of knowledge used by recognizing both the tacit (unconscious) and explicit (conscious) domains, thereby identifying different knowledge use possibilities. Strengthening students’ and/or practitioners’ ability to recognize and identify the basis of their professional behaviour is critical for clear, knowledge-guided practice.

Keywords: knowledge; framework; explicit; tacit knowledge

Journal Article.  7668 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Work

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