Educating Social Workers in the Midst of COVID-19: The Value of a Principles-led Approach to Designing Educational Experiences during the Pandemic

Crisp, Beth, Stanford, S and Moulding, N 2021, Educating Social Workers in the Midst of COVID-19: The Value of a Principles-led Approach to Designing Educational Experiences during the Pandemic, The British Journal of Social Work, vol. 51, no. 5, pp. 1839-1857, doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcab108.

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Title Educating Social Workers in the Midst of COVID-19: The Value of a Principles-led Approach to Designing Educational Experiences during the Pandemic
Author(s) Crisp, BethORCID iD for Crisp, Beth orcid.org/0000-0001-7863-4482
Stanford, S
Moulding, N
Journal name The British Journal of Social Work
Volume number 51
Issue number 5
Start page 1839
End page 1857
Total pages 19
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2021-07
ISSN 0045-3102
1468-263X
Keyword(s) accreditation standards
Australia
COVID-19
disasters
ethics
social work education
Summary Abstract Social work education in Australia in the midst of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) would not have been possible under our pre-pandemic accreditation standards due to assumptions about best practice in higher education that were not possible to enact during the pandemic. Rather than immediately arguing for a new set of standards, as Heads of Social Work programmes the authors of this paper promoted a principles-led approach to inform ‘the right’ way—in an ethical sense—of ensuring social work education could continue in Australia during the pandemic. This meant conceptualising the challenges of delivering social work education in a pandemic as being not only practical but also ethical in their nature. Using examples of how this approach guided the design of adaptive online teaching and field education placements at our universities, we consider the future possibilities for ethical and rules-based governance approaches to social work education. How students learn is changing and what they are learning will help them respond to the immediate and future needs arising from the pandemic. As such, rather than having their education compromised by COVID-19, social work students at the time of the pandemic and into the future may in fact benefit from the changes that have emerged during this period.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcab108
Field of Research 1607 Social Work
1608 Sociology
1701 Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30154124

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