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What is the role of social work? What does it mean to be a social worker? What are the changes affecting social work training? Introduction to Social Work addresses these questions and provides an understanding of the knowledge, values, and skills requirements of professional social work. The author has played a key role in constructing the subject benchmarks for the social work degree and offers a reflective and thoughtful commentary upon training, education and practice. Written in a lively and readable style, the book captures the essence of the changes sweeping through social work and engages the reader in these debates. Key features of this book include: - Comprehensive content structured around the guidelines for training and practice - Bridges the gap between theory and real-life practice - Student-friendly features such as case-studies, discussion questions, further reading and a glossary This exciting publication will be a core textbook for trainee social workers as they progress through the qualifying social work degree, or as they begin their practice as newly qualified workers seeking to consolidate their learning. `The unique aspect of this book which distinguishes it from other competitors is that it is constructed explicitly around the key roles and benchmark statements...this book will offer something new and interesting to the growing field of social work education literature and is likely to be relevant to both students and practitioners in the UK and elsewhere' - Dr Caroline Skehill, Queens University Belfast

Practice Education
Practice education
PatriciaHigham and MavisSharp

Chapter 12 critically evaluates practice education's contributions to practice. Enabling others work-based learning is an essential PQ skill, but an under-valued one. Despite trainers' and academics' support of practice education, many managers and practitioners pay it little attention. This chapter considers reasons for this neglect, and argues that practice educators' knowledge and skills can help to develop new social work roles and promote quality. The chapter notes the importance of a learning organisation culture to sustain practice. The authors draw on their experience of practice education, inter alia, as an external assessor and a practice teacher.


The terminology used to describe different roles for developing and assessing work-based learning is not straightforward. Where formerly the ‘practice teacher’ fulfilled multiple roles in ...

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