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ERIC Number: EJ895011
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Remembering Barbara Wootton's Contribution to Social Work Education
Johnson, Yvonne M.
Journal of Social Work Education, v44 n1 p23-36 Win 2008
Barbara Wootton, a prominent British social scientist and educator of social workers, examined the status of social work in the 1950s. Wootton argued iconoclastically that the social work literature presented a profession that was arrogant and far removed from the common concerns of the populations served. In addition, Wootton felt that the social worker-client relationship was emphasized to the extent that other important aspects of social work were gravely overlooked. As a lifelong socialist, Wootton stressed the need for an interdisciplinary approach to the solution of human problems and for people--professionals and clients alike--to bridge the gap between social classes. The continuing relevance of Wootton's writings to current social work is discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom