There has been a recent growth in the use of social media tools in social work education. This edited text presents a series of chapters which discuss social media activities and how they can contribute to student learning, and social work practice. The contributors, all innovators in the use of social media, introduce the landscape and discuss how social media activities have begun to impact on both social work education and on practice. The professional codes of practice and the values and ethics questions such activities can raise are introduced and explored across the chapters.
Packed with practical examples and exercises, this innovative textbooks is a useful tool for students, practitioners and academics new to using social media in their teaching.
Joanne Westwood is a qualified social worker and senior lecturer. Her research focusses on child welfare policies and practice. Joanne teaches social work undergraduate and post graduate students and focusses on relational aspects of social work. Joanne believes developing and using genuine communication and interpersonal skills are key to effective social work practice
Foreword Jackie Rafferty Introduction Joanne Westwood Obstacles to and engagement with social media Liz Thackray Student social workers use of social media: findings from a cross-national survey Joanne Westwood, Amanda Taylor, and David McKendrick Using closed Facebook groups to teach social work skills, values, and approches for social media Tarsem Singh Cooner When actual meets virtual; social work book groups as a teaching and learning medium in social work education Amanda Taylor New technology in social work education: blogs and blogging David McKendrick Creating #team turner: creating an autoethnography of connection within social work education Denise Turner Conclusion Joanne Westwood Glossary References Appendix: social media activities in social work education Index