The impact of the arts in social work education: a systematic review

Leonard, Kate, Hafford-Letchfield, Trish ORCID: and Couchman, Wendy (2018) The impact of the arts in social work education: a systematic review. Qualitative Social Work, 17 (2). pp. 286-304. ISSN 1741-3117

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Evidence on the effectiveness of arts-based approaches in professional education has been gathering momentum in the last decade embracing disciplines such as medicine, the allied professions, social work and social care. Key texts have emerged promoting the use of the arts in professional education and there have been some attempts to capture empirical evidence on its value. This paper reports on a systematic review of the current body of knowledge on the impact of the arts in social work education. We introduce the rationale for undertaking a systematic review and the methodology and approach used. We then discuss the three significant themes from our synthesis of the evidence reviewed. These were; positioning social work practice through linking micro and macro thinking; the cultivation of leadership beyond verbal reasoning and art as pedagogy. The findings are discussed in the context of what the arts can offer challenges in social work education.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First published on September 2, 2016
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 20207
Notes on copyright: Attached is an author accepted manuscript version of: Leonard, K., Hafford-Letchfield, T., Couchman, W., The impact of the arts in social work education: A systematic review, Qualitative Social Work (Volume 17, Issue 2) pp. 286-304. Copyright © 2016 (The Author(s)). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications. The published article is available at:
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Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2016 10:37
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 05:58

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