Book Chapter

Challenges and Future Directions for Social Work Education

Charlotte Williams, Marie Connolly, Darla Spence Coffey

STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION | SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG | Published : 2019

Abstract

Recent times have witnessed a growing interest in thinking about leadership in social work – the who, the what and the how. The general focus has been on skill development; elite narratives, both historical and contemporary; and issues of practice leadership. But what of the leading edge of social work education? How can we conceptualise leadership within the academy and leading out beyond the academy for engagement and impact? This introductory chapter speaks to social work education’s responsibility for visioning and shaping social work futures through education and training and for modelling alternatives and sustainable futures through leadership enactments and enabling students to grasp ..

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