ERIC Number: EJ820410
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
Rejoinder to "Reinventing Social Work Education"
Research on Social Work Practice, v19 n1 p116-118 2009
The main assumption of the article under discussion seems flawed and misconstrued. The "professional decline of social work" neither is because of the "lack of scholarship of the Board of Directors" nor is an outcome of an imperfect accreditation process. The presumption that independently achieved accreditation will improve the quality of scholarship and educational programs and raise the deans' and directors' caliber is also misconceived. The author, though in general agreement with many of the observations of Stoesz and Karger, finds the crisis of social work deeply rooted in the field's cultural contradictions, academic malaise, and professional mendacity. The triangularity of this problem obscures basic issues that are crucial to unraveling social work education, its variegated crisis, and its possible transformation.
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Social Work, Reader Response, Misconceptions, Rhetorical Criticism, Educational Principles, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy
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