Is there a shared philosophy of learning in social work education in Scotland?

Autumn Roesch-Marsh, Trish McCulloch, Murray Simpson, Sheila Cooper

Research output: Book/ReportBook


This report to the Review of Social Work Education, funded by the Scottish Social Services Council, provides an overview of the state of learning philosophies at work in social work education in Scotland. It draws on literature and empirical data, including interviews with academics and focus groups with practice partners, students, and service users and carers. The full report sheds particular light on the following key matters:
• to explore the issue of ‘learning philosophies’ in social work education in Scotland;
• to better understand how learning, teaching and assessment is approached in social work programmes;
• to assess the merits and demerits of adopting a common philosophy of learning for social work education; and,
• to link these findings to our overall goal of developing a skilled and competent workforce for the future.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe University of Dundee
Commissioning bodyScottish Social Services Council
Number of pages43
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • social work
  • philosophy of learning
  • Pedagogy


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