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Teaching social work in times of change

By Ian Mathews, Adrian Croft, Gillian McKinna and Diane Simpson


Social Work, a profession with explicit academic and practice links to social policy, is undergoing profound change and transformation. ( DOH 2009) As part of this ongoing critique, the teaching of social work is being\ud increasingly questioned by the general public, employers and government.\ud Over the last two years innovative research at the University of Lincoln, jointly undertaken by a team of academic researchers and former social work students, has been analysing the efficacy of teaching methods and\ud university support systems. In particular, the effectiveness of the social work undergraduate degree programme in equipping graduates for the\ud demands of front line practice is being evaluated.\ud The paper draws on key themes identified by the research and shares findings relating to;\ud • Good practice in teaching and learning; including what students value most from lecturers and how academics can best support students\ud • The use of students in research; opportunities and pitfall

Topics: L500 Social Work
Year: 2010
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