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The Emotional Experience of Continuing Professional Development for Social Workers

Moore, Tanya (2020) The Emotional Experience of Continuing Professional Development for Social Workers. Other thesis, University of Essex & Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.

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Abstract

This study seeks to understand why some social workers seem to connect and engage openly with opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD) while others seem to have a more conflicted relationship with their learning. Using psychoanalytically informed free association narrative interviews with eight social workers, the study explores the participant’s emotional experience of CPD. The data is analysed using an ‘Evolved approach’ (Cooper, 2014) in which it is examined for new ideas and organised into themes. The findings suggest a clear relational dimension to learning for social workers and the researcher offers The Learning Response model as a product of the study. This is a biographical narrative model of the pedagogy of CPD which offers a way of understanding how social worker’s approach to CPD is influenced by the experience of learning facilitation in early life. The model suggests that for some social workers, the script for future engagement with learning is set at this stage and they will repeat their early responses in their adult learning. But the study also identifies apparent compensatory factors and experiences and these seem to enable social workers to rescript their approach to CPD. For all however, the inner emotional voice created from initial experiences remains the same and it is this which replays and shapes social worker’s emotional experience of CPD.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: continuing professional development, learning, social work, pedagogy, emotion, psychosocial, biographical, cpd, education,
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Depositing User: Tanya Moore
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2020 07:00
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2020 07:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28802

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