Developing Social Work Education: Academic Perspectives

George Wilson, Anne Campbell

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During the past decade, a new culture of pedagogic research has emerged in social work in the UK. A succession of child-care tragedies that have led to government and public criticism of social work have highlighted the need for improvements to professional standards and stimulated renewed interest in social work education. Research aimed at developing knowledge of ‘what works’ in the educational process have included studies of student experiences and the perspectives of other stakeholders including service users and practice teachers. However, there has been little systematic investigation of the role of academics in social work education and their perceptions of what needs to be done to improve the quality of provision. This paper aims to address this gap in research by examining the perceptions of academics about their work. The authors utilise an adaptation of the conceptual model developed by Fraser and Bosanquet (2006) as a theoretical framework for analysing the findings and exploring the complex interrelationship between academic perspectives and the variety of concepts, ideas and stakeholder expectations that shape pedagogical practice. The findings should provide important lessons of relevance to educators in the UK and in other countries seeking to develop social work education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1005-1023
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number5
Early online date05 Apr 2012
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • social work education
  • tutor perspectives
  • practice learning
  • professional practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)


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