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Educating social workers in the midst of COVID-19: the value of a principles-led approach to designing educational experiences during the pandemic

Crisp, BR, Stanford, SN ORCID: 0000-0001-5362-9951 and Moulding, N 2021 , 'Educating social workers in the midst of COVID-19: the value of a principles-led approach to designing educational experiences during the pandemic' , The British Journal of Social Work, vol. 51, no. 5 , pp. 1839-1857 , doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcab108.

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Abstract

Social work education in Australia in the midst of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) would not have been possible under our pre-pandemic accreditation standards due to assumptions about best practice in higher education that were not possible to enact during the pandemic. Rather than immediately arguing for a new set of standards, as Heads of Social Work programmes the authors of this paper promoted a principles-led approach to inform ‘the right’ way—in an ethical sense—of ensuring social work education could continue in Australia during the pandemic. This meant conceptualising the challenges of delivering social work education in a pandemic as being not only practical but also ethical in their nature. Using examples of how this approach guided the design of adaptive online teaching and field education placements at our universities, we consider the future possibilities for ethical and rules-based governance approaches to social work education. How students learn is changing and what they are learning will help them respond to the immediate and future needs arising from the pandemic. As such, rather than having their education compromised by COVID-19, social work students at the time of the pandemic and into the future may in fact benefit from the changes that have emerged during this period.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Crisp, BR and Stanford, SN and Moulding, N
Keywords: accreditation standards, Australia, COVID-19, disasters, ethics, social work education
Journal or Publication Title: The British Journal of Social Work
Publisher: Oxford Univ Press
ISSN: 0045-3102
DOI / ID Number: 10.1093/bjsw/bcab108
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Copyright The Author(s) 2021. Published by Oxford University Press on behalfof The British Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved

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