Stakeholder views about social work programme curricula


  • Annabel Goodyer
  • Martyn Higgins



curricula, qualifying social workers, stakeholder views, service-users views, social work skills, current practice


This article describes the way in which consultations with stakeholders contributed to the re-validation of two UK qualifying social work programmes at a London University. The aim was to better position the new curricula in current practice realities. Consultations with service-users, employers, present and past students facilitated substantial revisions of the taught programme, with social work skills in particular receiving a much higher priority. The data generated by this study illustrates how the tensions inherent in the incorporation of differing standpoints can be reconciled through careful consideration and reflection.


Alderson, P. and Morrow, V. (2004) <i>Ethics, Social Research and Consulting with Children and Young People</i> Barkingside: Barnardos <a target="_blank" href=''></a>\nBarron, C. (2004) Fair play: creating a better learning climate for social work students in social care settings, <i>Social Work Education</i>, 23, 1. pp. 25-37 <a target="_blank" href='http://http//'>http//</a>\nBerg, B. (2004) <i>Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences</i>, 5th Edition, London: Allyn and Bacon\nBloom, B., S. (ed.) (1956) <i>Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, the Classification of educational goals – Handbook I: Cognitive Domain</i> New York: McKay\n<i>Bologna Declaration</i> (1999) <a target="_blank" href='’bologna%20declaration'>’bologna%20declaration.</a>\nBryman, A. (2001) <i>Social Research Methods</i>. Oxford: Oxford University Press\nBurgess, H. (2004) Redesigning the curriculum for social work education: complexity, conformity, chaos, creativity, collaboration?, <i>Social Work Education</i>, 23, 2, 163-183\nChristensen, P. and James, A. (Eds.) (2000) <i>Research with Children</i>, London: Falmer\nDenscombe, M. (2003) The <i>Good Research Guide</i>. Buckingham: Open University\nDepartment of Health (1998) <i>Modernising Social Services</i>. Cm4169. London: HMSO\nDepartment of Health (2002) <i>Requirements for Social Work Training</i>. London: Department of Health\nDoel, M., Deacon, L. and Sawdon, C. (2007) Curtain down on act one: Practice learning in the first year of the new social work award. <i>Social Work Education</i>, 26, 3, pp. 217-232\nFry H., Ketteridge S., and Marshall S. (1999) <i>A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Enhancing academic practice</i>. London: Kogan Page\nJ M Consulting (1999) <i>Review of the Diploma in Social Work</i> <a target="_blank" href=''></a>\nKitzinger, J. and Barbour, R. (1999) <i>Developing Focus Group Research: Politics, theory and practice</i>. London: Sage\nKreuger, R.A. and Casey, M.A. (2000) <i>Focus Groups</i>. (3<sup>rd</sup> ed.) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage\nLyons, K. and Manion, H.K. (2004) Goodbye DipSW: Trends in student satisfaction and employment outcomes. Some implications for the new social work award. <i>Social Work Education</i>, 23, 2, pp.133-148\nManthorpe, J., Hussein, S., and Moriarty, J. (2005) The evolution of social work education in England: A critical review of its connections and commonalities with nurse education. <i>Nurse Education Today</i>, 25, 369-376\nMoriarty, J., McNay, M. and Manthorpe, J. (Eds) (2008) <i>Evaluation of Social Work Degree Qualification in England Team (2008) Evaluation of the New Social Work Degree Qualification in England. Volume 1: Findings</i>, London: King’s College London, Social Care Workforce Research Unit. accessed 21/08/08\nPayne, G. and Payne, J. (2004) <i>Key Concepts in Social Research</i>. London: Sage\nPreston-Shoot, M. (2004) Responding by degrees: Surveying the education and practice landscape, <i>Social Work Education</i>, 23, 6, 667-692\nRace, P. (1999) <i>Assessment Matters in Higher Education</i>, Buckingham: Open University Press\nRobinson, S., Murrells, T., Hickey, G., Clinton, M., and Tingle, A. (2003) <i>A Tale of Two Courses: Comparing careers and competencies of nurses prepared via three-year degree and three-year diploma courses</i>. King’s College, London, School of Nursing and Midwifery http// accessed 10/10/07\nRobson, C. (2002) <i>Real World Research</i>. Oxford: Blackwell\nShotter, J (1993) <i>Cultural Politics of Everyday Life</i>. Buckingham: Open University Press\nShepherd, N. (2003) <i>Interviewing Online: Qualitative research in the networked society</i> paper to the Association of Qualitative Research Sydney. <a target="_blank" href=''></a>\nThomas, S. J. (2004) <i>Using Web and Paper Questionnaires for Data-Based Decision-Making</i>, Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage\n




How to Cite

Goodyer, A., & Higgins, M. (2012). Stakeholder views about social work programme curricula. The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 9(3), 92-110.