Enhancing Critical Reflection and Writing Skills in the HBSE Classroom and Beyond

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Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE) is an ideal location in which graduate social work students can enhance their critical reflection and writing skills while integrating social work theories with practice, research, and policy. A writing-intensive, learner-centered model using specific strategies is described via a framework of critical pedagogy. In addition to its application within HBSE, this model can be adapted across the social work curriculum. The article is situated within ongoing debates concerning the relevance of social constructionism and postmodernism to social work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)550-565
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Teaching in Social Work
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • critical reflection
  • human behavior
  • learner-centered education
  • postmodernism
  • social constructionism
  • universal instructional design
  • writing skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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