Is there a shared social work signature pedagogy cross nationally? Using a case study methodology to explore signature pedagogy in England, Israel, Finland, Spain and Sweden

Wallengren-Lynch, M, Chen, H L, Muurinen, H, Segev, E, Hollertz, K, Bengtsson, A R, Thomas, R and Carrasco, M B (2020) Is there a shared social work signature pedagogy cross nationally? Using a case study methodology to explore signature pedagogy in England, Israel, Finland, Spain and Sweden. European Journal of Social Work. pp. 1-13. ISSN 1369-1457

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Abstract

While there is an international definition of social work as a profession, little is known about whether there is also a shared pedagogy in social work cross-nationally. To our knowledge, this paper is the first empirical study which aims to fill this gap by applying the concept of signature pedagogy in social work education to explore the commonality of social work pedagogy across countries. The study uses a multi-site case study (six universities in five European countries) through applying a ‘critical teacher-researcher’ approach in generating the data, followed by a two-phased thematic analysis. The study evidenced a shared principle of social work pedagogy which nurtures social work student to think and perform like a social worker and develop the professional self through developing relationships and dialogue, professional practice, group work, self-reflection and critical thinking. It is argued from, this exploratory study, that even between countries which have different welfare ideology as well as social work history and education systems, there is some common ground in social work pedagogy where one can learn from another through the use of ‘teacher as researcher’ methodologically.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
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Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2020 09:01
Last Modified: 21 May 2020 12:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/91007

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