Transforming the curriculum: social work education and ecological consciousness

Jones, Peter F (2012) Transforming the curriculum: social work education and ecological consciousness. In: Gray, Mel, Coates, John, and Hetherington, Tiani, (eds.) Environmental Social Work. Routledge, pp. 213-230.

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Abstract

Virtually from its inception as a professional activity, social work has had an interest in the interactions between people and their environment. Indeed this interest has seen the emergence of a number of influential theoretical orientations and practice theories, including the 'person-in-environment' and ecological approaches (see, for example, Germain, 1979; Germain & Gitterman, 1980; Karls, 2002). However, within social work, environment and ecology have often been conceptualized as almost exclusively social domains, neglecting to take into account broader relationships between humans and the non-human world. For over a decade, a small number of writers have advanced the argument that a more fully developed, expanded ecological orientation was needed in social work, (for example, Berger & Kelly, 1993; Besthorn, 2000; Coates, 2003a; Hoff & Polack, 1993; Park, 1996). While the evidence suggests that an expanded ecological orientation remains a marginalized perspective in social work, there are hopeful signs that the profession might be ready to begin shifting from its traditionally narrow view.

Item ID: 21590
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-415-67812-4
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2012 03:12
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 100%
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