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Backing Australia's future: Teaching and learning in social work

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • It is universally expected that universities will strive for quality in teaching and learning. Over the past 25 years, massive changes to higher education have impacted on these institutions. We now have a mass higher education system, a knowledge-based economy, increased technology, and the internationalization of education accompanied by increased student enrolments and political expectations of enhanced graduate outcome measures. These changes pose challenges to developing, updating, and improving the quality of teaching and learning. This new policy environment confronts social work educators as they determine how best to deliver quality professional education. The present paper discusses the concepts underpinning the Australian government's paper Our Universities: Backing Australia's Future as a background to exploring the tensions arising in current professional expectations and criteria for social work programs as they make the transition from old to new paradigms in classroom teaching and field education.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Cooper, L. (2007). Backing Australia's future: Teaching and learning in social work. In Australian Social Work Vol. 60 (pp. 94-106). doi:10.1080/03124070601166745

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-34347334480

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 94

End Page


  • 106

Volume


  • 60

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • It is universally expected that universities will strive for quality in teaching and learning. Over the past 25 years, massive changes to higher education have impacted on these institutions. We now have a mass higher education system, a knowledge-based economy, increased technology, and the internationalization of education accompanied by increased student enrolments and political expectations of enhanced graduate outcome measures. These changes pose challenges to developing, updating, and improving the quality of teaching and learning. This new policy environment confronts social work educators as they determine how best to deliver quality professional education. The present paper discusses the concepts underpinning the Australian government's paper Our Universities: Backing Australia's Future as a background to exploring the tensions arising in current professional expectations and criteria for social work programs as they make the transition from old to new paradigms in classroom teaching and field education.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Cooper, L. (2007). Backing Australia's future: Teaching and learning in social work. In Australian Social Work Vol. 60 (pp. 94-106). doi:10.1080/03124070601166745

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-34347334480

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 94

End Page


  • 106

Volume


  • 60

Issue


  • 1