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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...

Making Sense of Data-Driven Decision Making in Education

This paper uses RAND research to show how schools and districts are analyzing achievement test results and other types of data to make decisions to improve student success. It examines data-driven decision-making (DDDM) policies and suggests future research in the field.

Teaching Evidence-Based Practice: Toward a new paradigm for social work education

The article discusses the benefits brought by evidence-based social work, a new paradigm that promotes more effective social interventions, professional education and ongoing efforts of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University to implement curriculum-wide changes...

Teaching Evidence-Based Practice: Strategic and pedagogical recommendations for schools of social work

The article provides strategic recommendations on enhancing social work practice education through Evidence-Based Practice in which schools of social work should ensure that faculty are trained in the methods of EBP.

Building the Skills of Direct Care Workers: The Alaskan core competencies initiative

This article details the development of a set of cross-sector core competencies relevant to workers in the fields of mental health, addictions, developmental and physical disabilities, and the long-term care of older adults. Also described are the related assessment tools, curriculum, and train-the...