The Social Work Portfolio: Planning, Assessing, and Documenting Lifelong Learning in a Dynamic Profession / Edition 1

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In THE SOCIAL WORK PORTFOLIO, the authors emphasize that learning how to learn and continuing to learn are fundamental processes for professional social workers in the twenty-first century. The text provides students with a tool to plan, assess, and document the nature, scope, and quality of learning during—and following—formal university study. The book is intended to help students to develop their own social work portfolio.

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"The strength is that it addresses a very specific learning tool that is very critical in helping a student process from a student to a professional. It helps a professional person to re-examine their learning experiences and place their learning into a marketable (as well as reflective) tool."

"I would describe it as a manual for portfolio based education and assessment with some very useful tools for students."

Designed to help students prepare a social work portfolio, this book emphasizes critical thinking, scholarship, and continual learning. Chapters address individual ways of learning, learning needs, social work as a career, personal learning plans, and compiling and assessing a portfolio. Appendixes include a lifelong learning questionnaire, an outline of the phases of a social work career, an index of learning styles, a self-assessment survey, an interests instrument, a sample cover letter, action verbs for use in learning plans, and a portfolio documents checklist. Each chapter includes exercises for individuals and groups. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534343057
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/16/2001
  • Series: Field/Practicum/Internship Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 644,871
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Cournoyer has been a social work practitioner for more than 40 years and a university teacher for more than 35 years. He received his M.S.S.W. degree from the University of Tennessee and the D.S.W. degree from the University of Utah. He is Emeritus Professor at the Indiana University School of Social Work, where he taught social work practice courses. A former Associate Dean with the School, he remains interested in student learning assessment and quality improvement activities in social work education. In addition to this sixth edition of THE SOCIAL WORK SKILLS WORKBOOK, he co-authored THE SOCIAL WORK PORTFOLIO and the Seventh Edition of SOCIAL WORK PROCESSES—all published by Brooks/Cole.

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Table of Contents

1. The Social Work Portfolio and Lifelong Learning. The Social Work Portfolio. Contemporary Social Work: Issues and Challenges. Independent Learning Exercises. Collaborative Group Exercises. 2. Exploring Your Learning Self. Contemporary Perspectives on Learning. Multiple Intelligence. Independent Learning Exercises. Collaborative Group Exercises. Portfolio Exercise. 3. Determining Your Social Work Learning Needs. The Social Work Knowledge Base. The General Social Work Knowledge Base. Independent Learning Exercises. Collaborative Group Exercises. Portfolio Exercise. 4. Exploring a Social Work Career and Preparing a Resume. Personality Characteristics and Occupational Choice. The Career Timeline. Independent Learning Exercises. Collaborative Group Exercises. Portfolio Exercise. 5. Preparing a Personal Learning Plan. Personal Learning Plans. Learning Goal(s). Independent Learning Exercises. Collaborative Group Exercises. Portfolio Exercise. 6. Compiling and Assessing Your Social Work Portfolio. Compiling the Components of Your Social Work Portfolio. Title Page. Independent Learning Exercises. Collaborative Group Exercises. Portfolio Exercise. Optional Exercises. Appendices.

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