Teaching successful community practice in social work: An integrative approach

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This article identifies and addresses a severe problem in the management of community practice projects of students in their second and third year in the Undergraduate Social Work program at the University of Haifa School of Social Work; namely, the current binary evaluation method based on total success or failure of the project. Using a systems approach, this study creates a framework by which to ensure effective and positive outcomes for community practice projects carried out by undergraduate social work students (Freund, Arkin & Saltman, 1999). This framework is unique in that it draws on knowledge gained from organizational and community theories, as well as instructional theories for teaching social work practice. The proposed framework includes three components that describe the factors necessary to help transform the student's learning experience: the organization's characteristics, the student's resources, and the evaluative measures. This inter-conceptual approach enhances the ability of the instructor, the student, and the organization to build an appropriate organizational foundation for students operating communal programs. The underlying assumption is that an integrative approach promotes a better understanding of the components essential for building and evaluating social plans conducted by social work students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-91
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Community Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2002


  • Community organizing
  • Community practice
  • Community training
  • Social community work education
  • Student evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration


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