Does social work have a signature pedagogy?

Tara Earls Larrison, Wynne S. Korr

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This article contributes to discourse on signature pedagogy by reconceptualizing how our pedagogies are understood and defined for social work education. We critique the view that field education is social work's signature pedagogy and consider what pedagogies are distinct about the teaching and learning of social work. Using Shulman's work on professional education, we offer a conceptualization that rests on the belief about the necessary outcome of our pedagogy - it must enable students to think and perform like social workers through the development of the professional self. We present a framework that focuses on three integrating features: thinking and performing like a social worker, development of the professional self, and characteristic forms of teaching and learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-206
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 29 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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