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Ideas in Action: Some Reflections Concerning Teaching Language Skills to Social Work Students
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1406-2064
2019 (English)In: Social Work Education, ISSN 0261-5479, E-ISSN 1470-1227, Vol. 38, no 2, p. 282-286Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years there has been a decline in language skills among the younger population in Sweden. Within several different academic programs it has been observed that students arriving at the universities do not have the skills needed to make use of what is taught. This raises a number of problems, especially within social work education, because language skills, both written and oral, are important tools for practicing social work. This article presents a way of meeting this challenge and improving the students’ skills by including them in discussions on how to write academically as part of teaching method called language guidance. The students reflect upon their own and other students’ texts, and discuss how they can be improved with regard to spelling, grammar, paragraphing, and clarity. Overall, the resources devoted to improving students’ language skills have resulted in improvements in the essays the student write later on in their education.

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Routledge, 2019. Vol. 38, no 2, p. 282-286
Keywords [en]
Language skills, reflections, written text, academic writing, social work program, guidance
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Social Work
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-68515DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2018.1515312ISI: 000470236200010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85053286383OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-68515DiVA, id: diva2:1243017
Available from: 2018-08-30 Created: 2018-08-30 Last updated: 2019-06-20Bibliographically approved

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