Social work education, curriculum mapping and educational taxonomies

This literature scan is written to support the first phase of enhance R2P: an Ako Aotearoa funded project focused on developing a professional capabilities framework to clarify the capabilities of newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) and social workers at experienced and advanced levels of practice.

The first phase of the project was designed to answer the following question: what is the content of the current New Zealand social work curriculum and how does it relate to the core competencies of the Social Workers’ Registration Board (SWRB)?

The aims of this literature scan are twofold: to introduce social work education in Aotearoa New Zealand; and to explore the rationale for two aspects of our proposed methodology: curriculum mapping and the development of a taxonomy of Terms for Indexing Social Work Education in Aotearoa New Zealand (TISWEANZ).

Other project outputs to date include:

The project has now moved on to phase two: evaluating the readiness to practise of newly qualified social workers (NQSWs). Part of the current phase is a New Zealand replication of an English study undertaken between 2007 and 2012 (with permission of the Department of Health and the English research team). By replicating the English study we will be able to benchmark the responses of NQSWs and managers/supervisors from Aotearoa New Zealand with data from another jurisdiction.

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