ERIC Number: EJ923222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Teaching Social Welfare History and Social Welfare Policy from a Conflict Perspective
Reisch, Michael; Staller, Karen M.
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v31 n2 p131-144 2011
In schools of social work, policy courses are frequently taught assuming debates occur along a liberal-conservative ideological continuum in which liberals favor equitable distribution of societal benefits and burdens, whereas conservatives emphasize individual political and property rights and personal responsibility. This dichotomous approach often results in conflict being situated primarily outside the classroom and profession while ignoring contentious debates that have occurred within social work. The authors argue for reconceptualizing policy courses to provide an historical conflict-based approach and include specific suggestions for course design. This approach will better train students with critical skills and prepare them for future practice.
Descriptors: Conflict, Social Work, Teaching Methods, Public Policy, Welfare Services, History, Ideology, Political Attitudes, Skill Development, Counselor Training
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A