The mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through one's thoughts, experience, and senses.
Knowledge and cognitive skills: Acquired skills that reflect an individual's ability to think. Cognitive skills include verbal and spatial abilities, concentration, memory, perception, reasoning, planning and organisation, flexible thinking, and problem solving.
Literacy (language): This relates to the ability to acquire, understand, and apply information in a scholarly manner.
Numeracy: This relates to the ability to understand and work with numbers.
Social work requires knowledge of theory and the skills of cognition. Consistent knowledge and effective cognitive skills must be demonstrated to provide professional and competent social work practice.
- Description of inherent requirement
- Capacity to locate appropriate and relevant information
- Ability to process information relevant to practice
- Ability to integrate and implement knowledge in practice.
- Justification of inherent requirement
Safe and effective social work practice is based on knowledge that must be sourced, understood and applied appropriately. A demonstrated defined range of knowledge and cognitive skills is a requirement for AASW course accreditation, field placements and professional affiliation with the AASW.
Adjustments must ensure that a clear demonstration of knowledge and cognitive skills is not compromised or impeded.
- Ability to conceptualise and use appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items
- Appropriately applying knowledge of policy and procedures in the field placement setting.