This I Believe: Examining the Construction of Truth, Belief, and Reason

  • Sarah Emily Faubert University of Windsor
Keywords: epistemology, epistemological exploration, personal beliefs, critical reflection, self-reflection, social work, constructivism


There are several advantages to epistemological and personal exploration in social work research, education, and practice. This reflection is especially important in qualitative social work research where social inquiry may be shaped by assumptions about the process of knowing and, therefore, has the potential to impact the interpretation of events. Students may struggle to resonate with the complex and abstract concepts associated with epistemology, and there is a paucity of literature regarding the experiences of developing insight into this topic and its personal and professional implications. Drawing on personal experiences, I reflect on the experience and importance of epistemological exploration, a lifetime project for those in the helping professions.