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Increasing the depth of field : the Voluntary Sector Pathway

Anderson, Jill and Brady, Paula (2002) Increasing the depth of field : the Voluntary Sector Pathway. Social Work Education, 21 (2). pp. 233-245. ISSN 0261-5479

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Abstract

There is a danger in discussion about social work that it becomes seen as a monolithic activity, one which is the monopoly of Local Authority Social Services Departments. Voluntary sector social work is, inevitably, a casualty of this view: overlooked within accepted definitions of social work and marginalised within the teaching and placement organisation of the DipSW curriculum. The Voluntary Sector Pathway, an option in the second year of the MA/DipSW course at the University of Nottingham, inverts this situation, promoting the longstanding and unique contribution of the voluntary sector to social work. Voluntary sector placements provide the culmination of a learning experience which places the sector at its heart. This article has its roots in a workshop run at the JSWEC conference at Derby University in the summer of 2001 on the theme of partnership. This provided an opportunity for the authors, joint co-ordinators of the Pathway, to reflect, together with Voluntary Sector Pathway students, on their learning. The workshop was conceptualised, planned and delivered in partnership with three students from the 1999-2001 student cohort - Jane Gorst, Jonathan Lung and Alice MacGregor - with input from a number of other students on the Pathway. It describes the work of the Voluntary Sector Pathway and considers its effectiveness in preparing students for practice in a range of settings. In the light of forthcoming changes to social work education, we consider the lessons to be learned from this unique Pathway.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social Work Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social work education ; voluntary sector studies ; Pedagogy
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 69390
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 07 May 2014 09:51
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 00:31
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/69390

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