25th Nordic Conference of Social Work Schools, ‘’Social Work Teaching at the intersection between Research and Practice ’’, Tampere, Finland, August 28-30, 2013. . PARTICIPATORY LEARNING OF COMMUNITY WORK IN AN E-LEARNING COURSE. Anne Karin Larsen & Grete Oline Hole,
25th Nordic Conference of Social Work Schools,
‘’Social WorkTeaching at theintersectionbetween Research and Practice’’, Tampere, Finland, August 28-30, 2013.
Anne Karin Larsen & Grete Oline Hole,
Bergen University College, Norway.
“What is the best way to construct a learning arena in community work that demonstrates the use of community work theory and method including participatory, emancipatory and democratic spaces for co-construction of knowledge in an e-learning environment?”
A.K.Larsen and G.O. Hole, Bergen University CollegeFacilitativeroles
The teacher as facilitator,
by arranging the course in a way that stimulated students learning process.
Engaging students in group activities, co-writing, project work, and roleplaying stakeholder meetings.
Offering students the possibility to manage to link their own working in groups to the community work process.
The teachers was a ‘guide on the side’, by
to help the students to understand the situation in the community and be empowered through their active participation in the learning process.
To sum up, by being a ‘guide on the side’ and by letting the students solve their own problems, the teachers offered students the opportunity for some important learning through collaboration and reflection.
This can be a good strategy in many situations and is transferable to the educational role of a community worker.
The course triggered students competences:
For most of the students, critical reflection was a new and challenging thing to do but also rewarding when they managed, as one of them expressed
‘[...] through reflection and sharing ideas I have learned to critically analyse everything I saw, read and heard. In the end we always come up with new ideas and understanding which I think was good, unlike “spoon feeding” information to students’
(from Q11, 2011 midway survey).
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Bergen University College, Norway (leading partner);
Jönköping University, Sweden;
InhollandUniversity of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands;
K.H.KempenUniversity College, Belgium, (now: Thomas More University College)
University of Complutense, Spain;
Miguel Torga University College, Portugal;
Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany;
BodøUniversity College, Norway; (now: University of Nordland)
University of Liepaja, Latvia;
Swansea University, United Kingdom
MittweidaUniversity of Applied Sciences, Germany.
Development of the course was one of the aims for the SW-VirCamp project funded by the EACEA Lifelong Learning Programme – Call for Proposals 2008 (EAC/30/07). Reference number: 142767-LLP-1-2008-1-NO-ERASMUS-EVC. This presentation reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.