The knowledge spectrum: A framework for teaching knowledge and its use in social work practice
For students, educators play a pivotal role in identifying and explaining the knowledge that can guide social work practice. Yet there is an absence of educational tools that can assist the educator with this objective. The knowledge spectrum framework is an innovative tool that was developed to explain the possibilities of what can inform social work practice. As a tool, it can be utilized to show that knowledge use in practice is a dynamic process, illustrating that knowledge can be created, modified and discarded by practitioners. The framework can also be utilized to capture the complexity of knowledge used by recognizing both the tacit (unconscious) and explicit (conscious) domains, thereby identifying different knowledge use possibilities. Strengthening students' and/or practitioners' ability to recognize and identify the basis of their professional behaviour is critical for clear, knowledge-guided practice.
British Journal of Social Work
This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Social Work following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Br J Soc Work 2005 35: 881-900 is available online at: http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/35/6/881