Issues around aligning theory, research and practice in social work education today

Volume editor
Allucia L Shokane
Volume editor
Jabulani C Makhubele
Volume editor
Lisa V Blitz


This book reflects social work education with a slant towards an Afrocentric approach, aiming to facilitate strong reflective thinking and address local realities about social work education on the African continent and in broader global contexts. This volume focuses on aligning theory, research and practice in social work education.

A significant contribution is made here to the scholarly understanding of opportunities to sustain the academic discourse on social work education. Social work as a profession and a social science discipline is dynamic, and it ought to meet the challenges of the realities of the societies in which it serves, given the history of the changing culture of South Africa from apartheid to democracy. Over the years, social work education and training have undergone tremendous curricular changes with the enactment of the White Paper for Social Welfare and the national review, respectively, by the South African Council for Social Services Professions (SACSSP) and the Council on Higher Education (CHE) for the re-accreditation of all Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programmes in South Africa fulfilling the prescripts of the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997, as amended, and Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978. It is worth mentioning that the curricular changes will continue with the current reviewing of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978, as amended, which is underway in South Africa.

This groundbreaking book gives an Afrocentric perspective on social work practice and contributes to the current discourse on the decolonisation of social work teaching and practice. From a methodological perspective, the book is premised on multi-, inter- and trans-disciplining in social sciences. It covers aspects of social work education and practice through research (narrative, qualitative, African methodology, secondary data analysis, etc.), engendering values and ethics, report writing, supervision in fieldwork as well as exchange programmes and international service-learning, addressing several concepts such as cultural competency, cultural awareness and sensitivity are addressed.


  • Chapter 1
    Afrocentric methodology: A missing pillar in African social work research, education and training
    Vincent Mabvurira, Jabulani C Makhubele
  • Chapter 2
    The importance of data collection for qualitative research in social work
    Mankwane DM Makofane, Modjadji L Shirindi
  • Chapter 3
    The relevance and use of secondary data analysis in social work research
    Modjadji L Shirindi
  • Chapter 4
    Ethics in research: Essential factors for consideration in scientific studies
    Lobelo D Mogorosi
  • Chapter 5
    Engendering values and ethics in social work education and training
    Jabulani C Makhubele, Frans K Matlakala, Vincent Mabvurira
  • Chapter 6
    Culture, stories and narratives in social work education
    Glory M Lekganyane
  • Chapter 7
    Narrating the real story: The significance of communication and report writing in social work
    Gadihele M Moloto, Thabisa Matsea
  • Chapter 8
    What do American students learn from Africa? International service learning and social work education
    Lisa V Blitz, Denise G Yull, Youjung Lee
  • Chapter 9
    This side … that side? Social work transcending national borders through international exchange programme
    Caroline Maas, Allucia L Shokane, Maria C Fronterotta, Veronica Nemutandani, Philina Wittke, Margrit Schulze
  • Chapter 10
    Towards collaborative social work supervision: Your voice or our voices?
    Mmaphuti M Mamaleka
  • Chapter 11
    Supervision during social work fieldwork practice: A case of the University of Venda
    Jimmy N Budeli
  • Chapter 12
    Social work with transnational migrant children in South Africa
    Ajwang’ Warria
  • Chapter 13
    Indigenising forensic social work in South Africa
    Selelo F Rapholo, Jabulani C Makhubele


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