Evaluating the Teaching and Learning of Communication Skills for use with Children and Young People

Lefevre, Michelle (2010) Evaluating the Teaching and Learning of Communication Skills for use with Children and Young People. Project Report. Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Social Policy and Social Work, Southampton.

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This paper demonstrates a way in which the outcomes of learning communication skills for use
with children and young people can be measured within the qualifying social work curriculum.
A two-year prospective longitudinal evaluation of this aspect of the qualifying MA Social Work
degree curriculum at the University of Sussex is summarised. The Sussex approach is based
on earlier research by this author and colleagues, which posits that effective communication
with children requires not just a set of methods, techniques and micro skills, but additionally
calls for ‘core capabilities’ to be learned by and developed in the student through a range of
experiences and interventions throughout the two year programme. Initial fi ndings from the
evaluation are considered, but the main focus is on the instrument developed to evaluate this
‘whole programme approach’, the key component being the completion of vignettes, rated
against the ‘core capabilities.’ Further evaluation by other programmes is encouraged to increase
understanding of how specifi c pedagogical approaches, in varied contexts, help different kinds
of students to develop their communication skills.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Project Report)
Additional Information: Research Monograph No 2, pp 96-110
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Depositing User: Michelle Lefevre
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:27
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2012 07:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20682
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