The impact of the arts in social work education: a systematic review

Kate Leonard, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Wendy Coucham

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Abstract

Evidence on the effectiveness of arts-based approaches in professional education has been gathering momentum in the last decade embracing disciplines such as medicine, the allied professions, social work and social care. Key texts have emerged promoting the use of the arts in professional education and there have been some attempts to capture empirical evidence on its value. This paper reports on a systematic review of the current body of knowledge on the impact of the arts in social work education. We introduce the rationale for undertaking a systematic review and the methodology and approach used. We then discuss the three significant themes from our synthesis of the evidence reviewed. These were positioning social work practice through linking micro and macro thinking, the cultivation of leadership beyond verbal reasoning and art as pedagogy. The findings are discussed in the context of what the arts can offer challenges in social work education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-304
Number of pages19
JournalQualitative Social Work
Volume17
Issue number2
Early online date2 Sep 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

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Keywords

  • social work education
  • the arts
  • systematic review
  • co-production
  • arts-based pedagogy
  • macro and micro social work practice
  • leadership

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In: Qualitative Social Work, Vol. 17, No. 2, 01.03.2018, p. 286-304 .

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