1st Edition

Social Work Education and the COVID-19 Pandemic International Insights toward Innovation and Creativity

Edited By Yael Latzer, Liat Shklarski Copyright 2024
    254 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines how the shift to remote teaching in March 2020 due to the global pandemic created new opportunities for innovation and creativity and shaped how social work classes were taught, with many temporary changes now part of permanent, standard practice. Drawing on narratives from 20 social work leaders across 17 different countries, the chapters explore particular themes and viewpoints on lessons learned during the pandemic, including case studies to examine copying mechanisms, insights into the transition to remote teaching, and the creative lessons that were learned. By taking an international perspective, it represents a key contribution to the scholarship of social work leaders from around the world concerning how institutions transitioned to remote learning and teaching and how these lived experiences and new discoveries are contributing to and influencing current practice. As such, it will appeal to social work educators, researchers, and field educators around the world with interests in experimental curriculum and field practice.

    Author Bios




    Liat Shklarski and Yael Latzer

    1 Review of the International Research Related to Social Work Education During COVID-19

    Doreen Ner, Liat Shklarski, and Yael Latzer


    Teaching and Learning

    2 Teaching and Learning Social Work During Intersecting Pandemics (USA): Advancing Change Through Critical Dialogue

    Peggy O’neill and Ora Nakash

    3 Learning While Teaching During a Collective Crisis: Post-Pandemic Possibilities for Social Work Education in Italy

    Mara Sanfelici

    4 Insights from Selected Theoretical Approaches: Implications for Social Work Teaching and Field Education Following COVID-19

    Varda Soskolne, Julia Gouzman, and Rachel Dekel


    Field Education/Social Work Practice

    5 Rethinking Social Work Education in Italy in Light of the Pandemic: An Overview and a

    Focus on Fieldwork Education

    Giovanni Cellini and Marilena Dellavalle

    6 Teaching Social Work Practice in Israel During COVID-19: Reflections and Lessons Learned

    Orit Nuttman-Shwartz and Yael Shoval-Zuckerman

    7 Social Work Graduate Profile in the Context of Education During COVID-19: Self-Reflexive

    Gloss from the Czech Environment

    Jelena Petrucijová, Mirka Nečasová, and Zdeňka Dohnalová

    8 Continuity of Social Work Field Supervision Before and During COVID-19, 2016–2021

    Orly Sarid and Vered Dietchman


    Focusing on Supporting Students

    9 Social Work Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Faculty of Social Studies,

    University of Ostrava, in the Czech Republic: Reflection on Student and Teacher Lived Experiences

    Oldřich Chytil, Marie Špiláčková, Iva Tichá, Veronika Mia Racko, Věra Holasová, Karla Pobucká, and Pavlína Rabasová

    10 Hybrid Social Work Education in South Africa: A Human-Centered Balance

    Antoinette Lombard, Elmien Claassens, and Gerna Wessels

    11 The Making of the "New" Social Work Education in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Hong Kong

    Kong Yam, Wai Chi Rodney Chu, and Wing Hong Chui


    Learning While Focusing on Community

    12 Social Work Development in Georgia: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Nino Shatberashvili and Shorena Sadzaglishvili

    13 Shaping the Professional Competence of Social Work Students in the Field of Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Poland

    Hubert Kaszyński and Karina Melnyk

    14 Sharing Knowledge Advances the Discipline and Profession of Social Work: Open Educational

    Resources: A New Paradigm of Cooperation in Education Accelerated by the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Melanie Germann, Regula Kunz, and Beat Mürner


    Yael Latzer is a Professor and Dean of the School of Social Work in the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences at the University of Haifa, Israel, and the research director of the Eating Disorders Institution in the Psychiatric Division at Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel.

    Liat Shklarski is an Assistant Professor in the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, New York, USA, and conducts research on innovation in social work education.