Teaching methods not proven to work

    Methods used to teach social work students core skills are untested
    and might not be the most effective, new research by the Social
    Care Institute for Excellence suggests.

    A review of existing studies by Scie finds that much of the work on
    communication skills in social work has not been published or fully
    evaluated, making it difficult for educators to decide which
    teaching methods are the most effective.

    Wendy Hardyman, research analyst at Scie and co-ordinator of the
    review, said that although the new degree put strong emphasis on
    communicating well, “there is a limited evidence base for
    identifying what teaching and learning methods are most
    effective”.

    – Knowledge review 6 from www.scie.org.uk

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