ERIC Number: EJ1041838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
Defining Signature Pedagogy in Social Work Education: Learning Theory and the Learning Contract
Boitel, Craig R.; Fromm, Laurentine R.
Journal of Social Work Education, v50 n4 p608-622 2014
In 2008 the Council on Social Work Education identified field education as the signature pedagogy of social work. In doing so, it designated field education as the synthetic, integrative curricular area in which students are socialized to the profession. This article examines challenges and opportunities this designation presents. How field education can be designed and delivered as social work education's signature pedagogy is discussed from a learning theory framework. A learning contract is described that integrates class and field in attainment of the core and advanced competencies. Use of this integrated learning contract by the field instructor and student serves to structure the field experience in a manner consistent with a signature pedagogy. The teaching role of the field instructor is recognized as a key component of the signature pedagogy.
Descriptors: Social Work, Higher Education, Field Experience Programs, Field Instruction, Learning Theories, Teaching Methods, Performance Contracts, Student Evaluation, College Faculty, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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