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A new distance learning national framework for social work continuing education: critical reflections on the first phases of implementation

Rees, Jo, De Villiers, Teresa, Livingston, Wulf, Maegusuku-Hewett, Tracey and Prysor, Gwenan 2018. A new distance learning national framework for social work continuing education: critical reflections on the first phases of implementation. Social Work Education 37 (6) , pp. 761-774. 10.1080/02615479.2018.1479383

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Abstract

This article utilizes a range of secondary research methodologies to explore the challenges and opportunities that have arisen from the establishment and first years of delivery of a new single and predominantly distant learning national post-qualifying framework. The continuing professional education and learning (CPEL) framework is directly commissioned by the professional regulator Social Care Wales, provided by an alliance of four universities (Bangor, Cardiff, Glyndwr and Swansea) and actively involves employers, practitioners and service users in their development. Critical reflections on the early implementation of the Experienced, Senior and Consultant Programs that contribute to the CPEL framework will help understand the key characteristics, challenges and opportunities post-qualifying education for social workers can bring. The article commences with an analysis of the moves to design a national post-qualification framework that is more accessible, flexible and responsive than the previous patchwork quilt set-up, including an examination of the increased role of distance learning and the teaching methodologies that support it. It then critically summarizes the specific context and developments of the CPEL framework. This is followed by substantive analyses of the key messages. These messages are of the value of; provider collaboration, quality of e-learning experience, employer commitment and student-perceived competence/satisfaction.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0261-5479
Date of Acceptance: 16 May 2018
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2020 02:28
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/112728

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