Introduction to Teaching Social Work
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The introduction sets the scene for the book as a whole by discussing a number of important points, beginning with the complex nature of social work as being 'caught in the middle' between the needs of the citizens it serves and the wider state apparatus of which social work forms a part. There is also a focus on professionalism, particularly the notion of 'authentic' professionalism - that is, professionalism that is consistent with social work values. The role of learning theory is also discussed before the structure of the book is outlined. Finally, the author comments on his own work in the field.