Beyond the classroom: Learning Social Work Law in Practice

Braye, Suzy, Preston-Shoot, Michael and Thorpe, Amanda (2007) Beyond the classroom: Learning Social Work Law in Practice. Journal of Social Work, 7 (3). pp. 322-340. ISSN 1468-0173

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Summary: This article draws on the findings of two research studies: the first a systematic research review and survey of current education practice in teaching law to social workers; the second a user review involving focus groups with a range of stakeholders in practice learning for social work students. Findings: Although law is recognized as an important component of social work practice, much of the focus on how social workers learn about law has to date been upon classroom-based learning. Law often has a low profile in practice, despite the rich opportunities it offers. Applications: Building from evidence of poor alignment between classroom learning and practice, the authors present an analysis of the barriers and opportunities that exist for enhancing the profile of law in the practice arena and conclude with indicators for the development of good pedagogic practice and improved practitioner confidence.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Depositing User: Suzy Braye
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:48
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2012 13:11
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