Learning, teaching and assessment of law in social work education
Key messages from Knowledge Review 08: Introduction
There were three elements to the Knowledge review 1:
- a systematic review of international literature and research on law in social work education (and in allied professions), with analysis of 117 papers
- an empirical study of approaches to law teaching on social work programmes in the UK, involving a postal questionnaire, telephone interviews, focus groups and documentary analysis
- stakeholder conferences bringing together experts by experience, policy makers and educators to advise on the research process, share perspectives and explore emerging data.
In this section, findings from the review will be presented in the context of the key questions facing teachers of law to social work students. The knowledge review found little evidence to suggest that one way of teaching law is more effective than others. It is suggested, however, that in planning the location and content of the law curriculum, and in determining what methods of learning, teaching and assessment to use, educators must give some attention to these key features.