Teaching and Learning for Ethical Practice in Social Work Education

Authored by: Eleni Papouli

Routledge International Handbook of Social Work Education

Print publication date:  April  2016
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138890237
eBook ISBN: 9781315712536
Adobe ISBN: 9781317495239


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Ethical practice plays a vital role in the professional socialization process and development of students and is identified as a key component of professionalism in social work (Landau, 1999; Barretti, 2004; Bisman, 2004, 2014; IFSW, 2004; Papouli, 2014b). Given the strong commitment of social work to ethical practice, students need to gain a deep understanding and knowledge of the inseparable connection between ethical practice and social work as a value-driven profession, as well as learn to identify and explain what constitutes ethical practice in contemporary social work. An examination of the relevant literature indicates that much of the current debate over ethical practice in social work revolves around two questions: a) what ethical practice is and why it is so important for social work, and b) why and how ethical practice can be taught and learned. Both of these important questions will help drive our discussion in the following sections.

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