Teaching social work in times of change

Mathews, Ian and Croft, Adrian and McKinna, Gillian and Simpson, Diane (2010) Teaching social work in times of change. In: Social Policy Association Annual Conference, 5 - 7th July 2010, University of Lincoln.

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Abstract

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
increasingly questioned by the general public, employers and government.
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
university support systems. In particular, the effectiveness of the social work undergraduate degree programme in equipping graduates for the
demands of front line practice is being evaluated.
The paper draws on key themes identified by the research and shares findings relating to;
• Good practice in teaching and learning; including what students value most from lecturers and how academics can best support students
• The use of students in research; opportunities and pitfalls

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Additional Information: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 increasingly questioned by the general public, employers and government. 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 university support systems. In particular, the effectiveness of the social work undergraduate degree programme in equipping graduates for the demands of front line practice is being evaluated. The paper draws on key themes identified by the research and shares findings relating to; • Good practice in teaching and learning; including what students value most from lecturers and how academics can best support students • The use of students in research; opportunities and pitfalls
Keywords:social work, working in collaboration with students, social work degree
Subjects:L Social studies > L500 Social Work
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:3326
Deposited By: Ian Mathews
Deposited On:12 Sep 2010 07:53
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:46

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