A Critical Approach to Human Growth & Development [Book Review]

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Students of various ages and life stages, from a range of sociological contexts, with all manner of lived experiences are drawn to social work education and training. This assemblage of students can result in groupings which are richly diverse—learning landscapes that offer fresh insights, exposure to difference and access to change. Equally, social work education and training can evoke intra- and interpersonal conflicts, as students are presented with knowledge that they find ‘troublesome’ (Morgan, 2012, p. 220). It is within this context that A Critical Approach to Human Growth & Development stands out. Nicolson begins by clearly acknowledging the complex nature of the human condition, linking this to practice effectiveness by way of skilful decision making that is not only informed, but compassionate
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1366–1368
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 05 May 2015


  • human development
  • social work
  • child development
  • social work education
  • critical social work

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