Integrating Social Work Theory and Practice

A Practical Skills Guide

By Pam Green Lister

© 2012 – Routledge

134 pages

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Paperback: 9780415481137
pub: 2012-01-24
Hardback: 9780415481120
pub: 2012-01-24

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About the Book

All social work students study theory and undertake practice placements. Integrating the two – so that each informs the other – is both essential and notoriously tricky. This accessible book demystifies the process and offers helpful evidence-based strategies for doing it successfully.

Structured around different approaches to learning, Integrating Social Work Theory and Practice covers:

  • Adult and student centred learning
  • Learning and teaching techniques and assessment methods
  • How to locate and identify theory
  • How to critically analyse theory
  • Key theoretical concepts in social science
  • Issues surrounding anti-oppressive theory and practice
  • Methods of intervention
  • Integrating theory and practice in academic work and on placements.

This essential text helps students to identify, critically analyse and apply theory appropriately, enhancing their practice. It will be useful to all social work students struggling with the theory-practice gap.


'A clear and accessible book written in an engaging style, with useful activities and techniques to guide the integration of theory and practice in social work, underpinned by the author's research into student learning and extensive teaching experience. It will be a valuable addition to social work students' personal library.' – Anne Quinney, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Bournemouth University, UK.

Table of Contents

Selected contents: 1. Introduction 2. Learning Processes 3. Reflection, Criticality and Transfer of Learning 4. Theoretical Explanations: How and Where to Look 5. Anti Oppressive Theories and Concepts 6. Anti Oppressive Processes 7. Integrating Theory and Practice in Assessment 8. Integrating Theory and Practice in Social Work Interventions: Beginning to Understand Social Work Methods 9. Integrating Theory and Practice in Social Work Interventions: Furthering the Critique and Applying the Method 10. Critical Incident Analyses 11. Concluding Remarks

About the Series

Student Social Work

This textbook series is ideal for all students studying to be qualified social workers, whether at undergraduate or Masters level. Covering key elements of the social work curriculum, the books are accessible, interactive and thought-provoking.

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