‘Reforming Social Work Education: Some Reflections on the Contribution of Practice Learning’

George Wilson

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Social work in the UK is currently undergoing a process of major reform and a wide range of recommendations have been made aimed at improving practice and education. This paper focuses on the Social Work Reform Board's proposals for improving practice learning in qualifying level social work education. It examines how recommendations for better partnership working between Higher Education Institutions and employers and developing critical reflection in agencies are likely to impact on student learning. Drawing on experience of social work education in Northern Ireland it considers the potential of the Reform Board's proposals for improving the quality of practice learning and enhancing students' preparedness for employment. The paper concludes that differences in educational aims and priorities, resistant practice cultures and cut-backs in resourcing could present major obstacles that must be overcome if this potential is to be realised.
Original languageEnglish
Article number17
Pages (from-to)225
Number of pages237
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 09 Jul 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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