The special topic calls for papers on “Framing Education for a Science of Social Work Missions, Curriculum, and Doctoral Training” and such papers will appear in Higher Education of Social Science as a special column.
Affiliated research area: Social Work Education, the Method of Undergraduate Training
Social work education has historically been grounded in professional practice but recent discussions have urged a reconsideration of social work as a science. Social work is progressively doing more intervention work, service systems research, implementation research, and translational research which are elevating research standards to new levels of sophistication. Because social work is also receiving greater recognition at the federal level, it seems that now is the appropriate time for the profession to review how education is done and the place that social work as a science should hold in our doctoral programs. This article critiques current literature and finds that the term social work as a science is frequently missing in the language and terminology of the social work encyclopedia and desk reference, but the term evidence-based practice replaces or makes up for missing references. Some of the key social work organizations also lack the emphasis on social work as science in the framework of their mission statements. Alternative possibilities are given in creating new mission statements, designing curriculum for doctoral education, and revamping accreditation standards for required graduate and undergraduate social work education.
In addition to the Review and Original Articles by invited speakers, we are inviting you to submit a relevant research paper on “Framing Education for a Science of Social Work Missions, Curriculum, and Doctoral Training” for consideration. Papers will be subject to normal peer review and must comply with the Guide for Authors.
To submit papers to the “Framing Education for a Science of Social Work Missions, Curriculum, and Doctoral Training” Special Topic, please go to http://www.cscanada.net. With your submission, please state clearly to the editor that your manuscripts are submitted to the Special Topic “Framing Education for a Science of Social Work Missions, Curriculum, and Doctoral Training”.
Related Journals (Special issue):
Higher Education of Social Science Journal, ISSN 1927-0232 [Print]; ISSN 1927-0240 [Online].
Framing Education for a Science of Social Work Missions, Curriculum, and Doctoral Training doi: 10.1177/1049731512452977