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1st Edition

The Role of Social Science in the Education of Professional Practitioners

ISBN 9780367488963
Published February 25, 2020 by Routledge
130 Pages

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Book Description

The Role of Social Science in the Education of Professional Practitioners explores the inter-relation between the social sciences and professional practice, particularly in areas of health and social welfare, and the form that professional education takes. The key issue of who provides for our health and welfare needs in the community is considered, as are the values and education that drive those people to give service in society, and how those professionals can come to a full and open understanding of their role. It focuses on the value orientation, identity development and sense of self that will enable practitioners to develop their understanding of clients’ needs in the community.

The book is divided into chapters that consider the educational and learning theories that underpin professional education, and how those ideas have shaped the development of the curriculum for professional practice education. Astley provides an in-depth discussion of the nature of professional roles, and how the making and taking of those roles is historically influenced by politics and policy making. The nature and dynamics of the communities in which we live, including who has power, is addressed, with special reference to how the health and social welfare needs of citizens in those communities is assessed, planned for, and provided.

This book will be vital reading for academics and professionals in the fields of health and social care professions’ education, social and behavioural sciences, higher education, professional development and identity formation.

Table of Contents

Dedication Preface Chapter 1: an introduction Chapter 2: thinking about curriculum theory Chapter 3: curriculum issues Chapter 4: on roles Chapter 5: the community, providers and professional practice Chapter 6: a conclusion Bibliography

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John Astley is a freelance consultant in education, training, and organisational change.


"This is a timely book. When training in a wider range of professions is becoming vital and when the occupiers of these roles are under increased pressure - and even stress - it is crucial to reflect critically on the role that the social sciences play, especially in health, social welfare and youth work, the latter being Astley’s own field. Importantly, he reflects on the values held by these professionals and the policy and political contexts in which they operate. The case studies are an especially enlightening feature placing the key issues in real contexts."

Dr Barry Dufour is Visiting Professor of Education Studies at De Montfort University, Leicester. He is the author of many books and articles since the 1970s and has had an extensive career in the professional education and training of teachers.