The Social Work Online Team Training (SWOTT) toolkit: embedding team-based peer learning in continuous professional development

ROGERS, Michaela, JOUBERT, Marelize, CUNNINGTON, Claire and BOSWORTH, David (2023). The Social Work Online Team Training (SWOTT) toolkit: embedding team-based peer learning in continuous professional development. Social Work Education.

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Continuous professional development (CPD) underpins safe, effective practice by ensuring that social workers acquire and sustain up-to-date knowledge and skills. Additionally, CPD is critical to theoretically rooted, evidence-informed decision-making and intervention. Despite the reported benefits, there are many barriers such as high caseloads and the time required to participate. This paper presents the findings from a proof-of-concept study which piloted a new model for CPD: the Social Work Online Team Training (SWOTT) toolkit. Each themed toolkit incorporates research evidence and/or new theoretical frameworks and is built upon a team-based, peer learning approach. Toolkits have two components: an online module and peer group supervision using a complex case study. The pilot and evaluation integrated two data collection workstreams: a pre-intervention survey and a post-intervention survey; and interviews. Participants reported that the CPD was relevant, accessible, enabling them to refresh knowledge of core theory and acquire new theoretical and evidence-informed knowledge. The toolkit design facilitated deep learning as participants used the online training to critically discuss the complex case study using peer reflection. Overall, findings demonstrated the value of shared learning experiences through the combined modes of learning (online/in-person) resulting in evidence-informed CPD with real-world relevance to practice contexts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy; 1607 Social Work; 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy; 4409 Social work
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SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
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Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2023 11:44
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 11:15

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