Development of Social Work Student’s Key Competences trough Service-learning

Alzbeta Brozmanova Gregorova, Zuzana Heinzova, Katarina Kurcikova, Michaela Savrnochova, Jana Solcova

OBJECTIVES: The text answers the question as to what are the benefits of the service-learning in the development of key competences of social work students. THEORETICAL BASE: Service learning is an teaching and learning strategy that combines service goals with learning objectives. The subject of the research verification of its impact are also the key competences of students. METHODS: We used a combination of research methods to answer the research question. The change in the subjectively perceived level of the key competences of students before and after graduating in the subjects based on service-learning was monitored through a questionnaire. As part of the qualitative strategy, we used the content analysis of structured self-reflections of students after graduating in the subjects. The survey sample was made up of students of social work who graduated in the subjects with service learning strategy in the academic years 2013/2014 to 2016/2017. OUTCOMES: The results of the research showed the benefits of the service-learning in the development of selected key competences of students of social work. SOCIAL WORK IMPLICATIONS: Our findings can be used in the field of education in social work. Key competences, together with specific professional competences, form the basis for qualified and competent performance of social workers.

service-learning, key competences, social work

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