Using a Book Group to Facilitate Student Learning About Social Work [ACADEMIC PAPER]

Amanda M L Taylor, Jonathan Scourfield

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The focus of this short paper is the increasingly popular format of the book group. This format has been used on an undergraduate social work programme in the UK with the aim of engaging students, as some enjoy reading fiction for pleasure but find it harder to read social science. The BA Social Work Book Group has met regularly to discuss non-social science books, such as novels and autobiographies. A specific example is presented of a best-selling novel with significant social work content (J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy) and the book group's discussion of this. The strengths and limitations of book groups in social work education are drawn out.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-538
Number of pages5
JournalSocial Work Education: the international journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 09 Sep 2013


  • book groups in education
  • social work education
  • social work students
  • social work practice
  • reading groups in education
  • pedagogy


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