Future of Critical Thinking and Creativity in Social Work Education
Keywords:critical thinking, creativity, social work education, social worker, creative solutions
AbstractCritical thinking and creativity are two higher-order thinking. In old literature, critical thinking and creativity were considered two independent types of thinking. Nevertheless, the latest research and literature emphasize the complementary nature of critical thinking and creativity. Creativity and Critical thinking have been recognized as life skills and skills of the 21st century. Critical thinking is considered one of the core competencies of the social work profession. The nature of the world is very dynamic, and Social Work professionals' critical thinking and creativity will help them contribute to society's development. The core idea in this paper is the necessity of critical thinking by a social worker to make creative solutions. An innovative idea by a social worker is useful when that idea is suitable to the environment of the problem, and such innovations need critical thinking. A social worker encounters unique problems of individual, group and community. Problems encountered by the social worker may seem similar, but all problems are unique. Unique problems require unique solutions. Critical thinking of the problem is the foremost step to making unique solutions. Critical thinking and creativity depend on the environment of the person. Social work education has a great role in making social work professionals think critically and creatively to make them capable of changing the world.
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