TEACHING AS CONVERSATION: THE METHODS ADOPTED BY AN INSIDE INQUIRER OF SOCIAL WORK RELATIONSHIP BASED TEACHING
Pages: 38-48 Published: 27 Aug 2015
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Abstract: The focus of the article is an attempt to answer my question of how I develop a relationship based practice as a social work educator (Walker, 2014). There has been recognition in the UK of a need for social workers to develop effective relationships with service users and professionals. In response, I am inquiring into how I can teach using a relationship based approach. The approach is built on a combination of Edwards and Richards (2002) Relational/Cultural model, the Matching Principle introduced by Ward (2010), the metaphor of “teaching as conversation” McNamee (2007), theoretically underpinned by systemic practice. I intend to capture the naturally occurring dialogue in the teaching environment by audio recording teaching sessions and analyse the recordings using Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM). This provides a framework of analysis incorporating interactive patterns between emotion, meaning and action.
Keywords: coordinated management of meaning, relational teaching, relationship based teaching, social work, social work education, systemic approach, systemic p