A depth of data : research messages on the state of social work education in England
Moriarty, Jo, Manthorpe, Jill, Stevens, Martin, Hussein, Shereen, Sharpe, Endellion, Orme, Joan, MacIntyre, Gillian, Green Lister, Pam and Crisp, Beth 2010, A depth of data : research messages on the state of social work education in England, Research, policy and planning, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 29-42.
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In the light of extensive media coverage of social work education, this article uses information from the Department of Health funded three-years multi-method evaluation of the social work degree qualification in England to discuss areas in which qualifying education might be improved. It argues that too great a concern with the 'A' level performance of social work applicants risks not paying enough attention to the non-academic qualities that they will need to work in the changing world of children's and adult services. Better partnership working between employers and universities will help students make the transition into the workplace. This includes greater opportunities for employers and practitioners to be involved in candidate selection and teaching on qualifying programmes.
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Field of Research
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective
920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
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