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The Evidence Base on the Social Service Workforce: Current Knowledge, Gaps and Future Research Direction

This new report from the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance aims to establish a clearer picture of the state of the current evidence, identify evidence gaps and suggest priority research needs.

Development and Validation of the Perceived Social Work Competence Scale in China

This report looks at a study that developed and tested the Perceived Social Work Competence Scale (PSWCS) for assessing social work students’ competence in Mainland China. The PSWCS is important for enabling students to assess their competence and for enabling educators to improve field education.

"What Are They Really Doing?" An exploration of student learning activities in field placement

Despite the fact that social work students consistently identify their field placement as having the greatest impact on their learning, research on learning activities used during placement and the impact on practice competency and social work identity is limited. The data were gathered from social...

Do Collaborations with Schools of Social Work Make a Difference for the Field of Child Welfare? Practice, retention and curriculum

The profession of social work has a leadership role in the field of child welfare. Opportunities were provided through public policies allowing schools of social work to recieve Title IV-E funding for professional development of child welfare workers. There are now hundreds of partnerships that...

The Purpose, Value and Structure of the Practicum in Higher Education: A literature review

This report discusses practicums and their important role in many of the professional courses in higher education. This research provides an overview of different ways in which the practicum has been conceptualized, implemented and evaluated in higher education.

Social Work and Law: Judicial policy and forensic practice

This paper exposes students to the ways in which social work and law intersect. Students will explore the judiciary’s contributions to important social policy issues and the knowledge social workers need to effectively participate in the judicial process. It presents basic legal concepts, describes...

Calling Evidence-Based Practice into Question: Acknowledging phronetic knowledge in social work

The article argues that evidence-based practice suffers from a dilemma whereby a narrow view of evidence is prioritized at the cost of relevance to social work and suggests that praxis-based knowledge informed by different forms of knowledge is a better option with a greater potential to enhance...

Building Capacity in Implementation Science Research Training at the University of Nairobi

This report follows a program implemented by the University of Nairobi, who leveraged resources from the Medical Education Partnership to develop an institutional program that provides training and mentoring in implementation science, builds relationships between researchers and implementers, and...

Social Work Education in Africa: Whence and whither?

This article discusses the origin of social work education in Africa. Social work in Africa was not a product of a progressive social metamorphosis but rather that of foreign methodologies imposed on African societies. It will also further discuss the future direction and development of the field.

Are Non-Traditional Social Work Placements Second-Best Learning Opportunities for Social Work Qualifying Students?

The research highlights experiences and perspectives of student social workers, project leaders and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to meet the six key roles, and demonstrate working with the legal framework, risk awareness, and management and assessment skills. It also considers how the...

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