Making social policy "sexy": Evaluating a teaching innovation

Henman, Paul (2012) Making social policy "sexy": Evaluating a teaching innovation. Australian Social Work, 65 3: 341-354. doi:10.1080/0312407X.2011.652139

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Author Henman, Paul
Title Making social policy "sexy": Evaluating a teaching innovation
Journal name Australian Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-407X
Publication date 2012-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0312407X.2011.652139
Open Access Status
Volume 65
Issue 3
Start page 341
End page 354
Total pages 14
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic., Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
How to stimulate student interest in social policy, while reinforcing its professional significance for social work, remains an understudied topic. This paper reports an evaluation of a teaching intervention that sought to enhance student interest in social policy by: more explicitly connecting social policy with professional social work practice; introducing an assessment exercise that involved visiting Parliament House; and undertaking weekly “hot policy topic” small group discussions. Social work students were found to be quite aware of the importance of social policy to professional practice. The intervention did not measurably increase interest in social policy, but heightened student awareness of their capacity to contribute to policy processes.
Keyword Social policy
Social work education
Social work students
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 25 May 2012

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
Official 2013 Collection
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Created: Tue, 29 May 2012, 16:48:56 EST by Dr Paul Henman on behalf of School of Social Work and Human Services