Key Features

  • The reader is able to develop a professional understanding of material in relation to the practice of epistemology in educational, research and practice/work-based learning.
  • A wide variety of helpful information displays the impact of different settings on practice epistemology.
  • Coverage of the expectations of society and employers in relation to professional knowledge and practice prepare the reader for real-world experiences.
  • Important facts underpin the ethical and collaborative decision-making processes in clinical governance and effectiveness for both patients and caregivers.
  • Using a comprehensive definition of evidence, this text shows the evidence base and its importance in research, policy making, educational programs and practice.
  • Expansive coverage of different research paradigms on knowledge development provide the reader with a wide range of knowledge.

Table of Contents

1. Recognizing practice epistemology in the health professions
2. Redefining the reflective practitioner:
3. Revisiting the philosophical roots of practical knowledge
4. Practice knowledge - its nature, sources, and contexts
5. Professions as communities of practice
6. Practice knowledge - critical appreciation
7. Blending self and professional - knowledge in person-centred care
8. The use and generation of practice knowledge in the context of regulating systems and moral frameworks
9. Challenging evidence in evidence-based practice
10. The role of practitioners in developing professional knowledge and practice
11. Clinical reasoning and practice knowledge
12. Practice epistemology: implications for education, practice and research


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