Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
Associate Professor Pauline Meemeduma
The 1990s has witnessed two 'institutions' in 'crisis': higher education and social work. In higher education. government has brandished its quality sword and the long-neglected area of teaching is prominent in the war cry. In social work, major stakeholders have constructed the crisis as the 'theory/practice problematic' and the systemic intervention has been the prima facie increasing power of non-academic bodies to shape social work curriculum. This study is set within this context of quality teaching and theory/practice issues. It is an action research study of the teaching and learning dynamic of a first year social work subject which seeks to 'answer' the question: how do we best teach beginning social work students to grapple with theory/practice issues, or more specifically, how do we best teach them to think theoretically and critically about action?
Ovington, G. K. (1999). Teaching and learning in higher education : nurturing critical reflection for bridging theory/practice links : a case study in social work education. https://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses/497