The signature pedagogy of social work? An investigation of the evidence

Gary Holden, Kathleen Barker, Gary Rosenberg, Sofie Kuppens, Laura W. Ferrell

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    Abstract

    Objective: Many professions use some form of internship in professional education. Social work has utilized field instruction throughout much of its history. Recently, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) designated field instruction as social work's signature pedagogy. A systematic review was undertaken to examine evidence related to this designation. Method: Twenty-five primary databases, three grey literature sources, a research university library (for monographs and collections) were searched in addition to a survey of the invisible colleges and hand searching of journals. The goal was to uncover quantitative studies of social work field instruction in the United States. Results: None of the studies that passed the initial review and were acquired for full examination met the inclusion criteria, precluding a meta-analytic integration. Conclusion: The assertion that field instruction is the signature pedagogy of social work would be more credible if supported by stronger evidence.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)363-372
    Number of pages10
    JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
    Volume21
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 1 2011

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    Social Work
    Teaching
    social work
    instruction
    evidence
    Literature
    gray literature
    Professional Education
    internship
    Internship and Residency
    Libraries
    education
    History
    profession
    inclusion
    Databases
    Education
    examination
    university
    history

    Keywords

    • CSWE
    • EPAS
    • field
    • field education
    • field instruction
    • field instructor
    • field learning
    • field placement
    • field work
    • fieldwork
    • intern
    • internship
    • meta-analysis
    • practica
    • practicum
    • signature pedagogy
    • social work
    • systematic review

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Psychology(all)

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    Holden, G., Barker, K., Rosenberg, G., Kuppens, S., & Ferrell, L. W. (2011). The signature pedagogy of social work? An investigation of the evidence. Research on Social Work Practice, 21(3), 363-372. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731510392061

    The signature pedagogy of social work? An investigation of the evidence. / Holden, Gary; Barker, Kathleen; Rosenberg, Gary; Kuppens, Sofie; Ferrell, Laura W.

    In: Research on Social Work Practice, Vol. 21, No. 3, 01.05.2011, p. 363-372.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Holden, G, Barker, K, Rosenberg, G, Kuppens, S & Ferrell, LW 2011, 'The signature pedagogy of social work? An investigation of the evidence', Research on Social Work Practice, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 363-372. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731510392061
    Holden, Gary ; Barker, Kathleen ; Rosenberg, Gary ; Kuppens, Sofie ; Ferrell, Laura W. / The signature pedagogy of social work? An investigation of the evidence. In: Research on Social Work Practice. 2011 ; Vol. 21, No. 3. pp. 363-372.
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