Innovations in the education of social workers: an investigation concerning the impact of changes in the curriculum that attempt to incorporate new models of teaching and learning

This article investigates pedagogical innovations introduced when the curriculum of the School of Social Work at the University of Colima was restructured. The relevance of considering social workers, throughout their education, as social actors who partake in the resolution of societal problems is emphasized. The faculty of the School of Social Work analyzed the process of implementation of the new model of education centered on the student from 2001 to 2005 and its results. The results corroborate the importance of the new models of education introduced and indicate some demands that must be met in order to consolidate curricular innovations.

Higher education; curriculum; teaching methodology; innovation; social workers; credentialing

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