ERIC Number: ED475334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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The Social Work Portfolio: Planning, Assessing and Documenting Lifelong Learning in a Dynamic Profession.
Cournoyer, Barry R.; Stanley, Mary J.
This book is designed to help social work students prepare a social work portfolio to be used as a learning guide, and following graduation, as a tool to maintain their social work licenses or other pertinent professional credentials. There are independent and collaborative group learning exercises as well as portfolio preparation exercises throughout the book. Chapter 1 introduces the social work portfolio and explores its relationship to learning. Contemporary social work practice is presented in the context of lifelong learning. Chapter 2 explores learning styles and psychological types, including multiple intelligences and emotional intelligence. Chapter 3 presents self-assessment tools to determine social work learning needs by exploring level of knowledge and expertise in content areas most relevant for contemporary social workers. Chapter 4 includes assessment tools for prior learning, general career planning guidelines, and methods to identify an ideal social work position. Resume and supplementary document preparation are discussed. Chapter 5 discusses specific learning goals and objectives and preparation of an individual learning plan. Chapter 6 presents guidelines for compilation and assessment of a portfolio with an emphasis on learning activities during an academic program of study. Suggestions are made for adaptation and use of the portfolio throughout a professional career. Appendices include: a lifelong learning questionnaire; common phases of a professional social work career; index of learning styles; self-assessment of social work knowledge survey; social work interests instrument; sample cover letter; list of action verbs for use in developing learning plans; and a social work portfolio documents checklist. The bibliography lists 109 references. An index is included. (AJ)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Career Development, Career Information Systems, Career Ladders, Career Planning, Check Lists, Cognitive Style, Competency Based Education, Cooperative Learning, Credentials, Education Work Relationship, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Informal Assessment, Interest Inventories, Job Skills, Knowledge Level, Learning Activities, Learning Strategies, Lifelong Learning, Multiple Intelligences, Portfolios (Background Materials), Prior Learning, Professional Development, Professional Education, Psychological Characteristics, Questionnaires, Rating Scales, Resumes (Personal), Self Evaluation (Individuals), Social Work, Social Workers, Student Educational Objectives, Surveys, Theory Practice Relationship, Transfer of Training
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