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Using a book group to facilitate student learning about social work

Scourfield, Jonathan Bryn ORCID: and Taylor, Amanda 2014. Using a book group to facilitate student learning about social work. Social Work Education 33 (4) , pp. 533-538. 10.1080/02615479.2013.832190

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The focus of this short paper is the increasingly popular format of the book group. This format has been used on an undergraduate social work programme in the UK with the aim of engaging students, as some enjoy reading fiction for pleasure but find it harder to read social science. The BA Social Work Book Group has met regularly to discuss non-social science books, such as novels and autobiographies. A specific example is presented of a best-selling novel with significant social work content (J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy) and the book group's discussion of this. The strengths and limitations of book groups in social work education are drawn out.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adult Learning, Fiction, Pedagogies, Reading Group, Reflection
Additional Information: Online publication date: 9 September 2013.
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0261-5479
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 08:40

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