Lifelong Learning in Social Work Education: A Review of the Literature and Implications for the Future
Journal of Teaching in Social Work
Continuing education, Social work education, Teaching -- Research
Social workers practice in rapidly changing and complex environments where they encounter challenges that include increasing evidence-based practice requirements, a shifting information landscape, and diminishing workplace resources. To address these challenges, social workers need to engage in lifelong learning. The purpose of this article is to explore conceptual elements and assumptions underlying lifelong learning; propose social work specific approaches to lifelong learning; present a conceptual model to orient social work educators to the possibilities inherent in lifelong learning for practice, with inclusion of suggested practice behavior; and offer a research agenda for practice.
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Laura Nissen, Kimberly Pendell, Pauline Jivanjee & Charlotte Goodluck (2014) Lifelong Learning in Social Work Education: A Review of the Literature and Implications for the Future, Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 34:4, 384-400