ERIC Number: ED174502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Social Policy Teaching Project: Task Force Report.
Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, Ottawa (Ontario).
This report describes the pattern of policy content in the curriculum of Canadian schools of social work and assesses career opportunities for graduates. Seven sections comprise the document. Section I describes the study. Section II defines social policy as a process and as a framework for action and cites tasks of social work education including imparting knowledge and skill in practice in social policy. Section III discusses role theory as an approach to curriculum. Charts relate the role of the social worker (as counselor, community organizer, administrator, social developer, or policy analyst) to institutional context, tasks, knowledge, analytic and interventive skills, and curriculum content. In section IV, appropriate policy related courses and requirements of undergraduate and graduate students are described and current patterns of policy teaching are examined. Section V describes current course content from selected Canadian schools. Section VI provides three models for social policy curriculum: policy education as an adjunct to clinical education; clinical education as an adjunct to policy education; and reciprocating streams, a common core of clinical and policy content. The final section examines career outlooks for graduates of social policy programs. Conclusions are that a limited knowledge of policy and administration is essential for most government positions, that presently social workers are not perceived as having the right mix of qualifications for administrative and policy positions, and that social workers have a somewhat negative image in some ministries. (KC)
Descriptors: Career Opportunities, College Curriculum, Comparative Education, Core Curriculum, Course Content, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Theories, Foreign Countries, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Models, Policy, Program Descriptions, Social Work, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of National Health and Welfare, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, Ottawa (Ontario).
Note: For related documents, see SO 011 720-723