Title Stories Enhancing Skills - Transfer of The Knowledgeing Work-Shop Model
Project Number NO/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/131005
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The aim of the SES project is to achieve a better balance between theoretical and practical knowledge in vocational education and professional work. It’s a need for competent practitioners with sensibility and judgment skills in difficult and changeable situations, especially in the area of social work. The transfer project is based on a pilot project in The Leonardo program where “The Knowledgeing Work-Shop” model KWS has been tested in upgrade and further education with good results. In the transfer project we are working with further developing and transfer of the model: 1) Anchoring of the model in educational programs at Universities and Colleges and 2) Secure the quality through guidance material and educational literature. Partners from Spain, Estonia, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
This project is carried out to contribute in the process of creating, modernizing and adjusting the European education and training system for social workers. It addresses the problem of both being depended on standardized problem solving, to secure best practice, and the need to adjust the methods according to regional, economical and cultural surroundings. It conveys best practice as well as providing room for stated variation. Best practice is necessary in order to reach the qualitative standard of giving adequate and effective help for clients. Methods used in social works need to include room for stated variation because the cases in social work are unpredictable, contain dilemmas, and has ethical aspects without unilateral solutions. The transfer project is based on a pilot project in The Leonardo program where “The Knowledgeing Work-Shop” model developed in a Norwegian PhD thesis has been tested with good results. Five pilot groups of social workers in the Nordic Countries, Estonia and Spain participated in the educational program for further education. In the transfer project we are working with further developing and transfer of the model: 1) Anchoring of the model in educational programs at Universities and Colleges and 2) Secure the quality through guidance material and educational literature.
The consortium from the pilot project continues, but is supplemented in preparation for transfer and dissemination. The mixture of partners with education-and research functions and partners from administrations, fields of practice and employees organizations is well suited for accomplishing the tasks. 11 partners and 5 countries from three regions of Europe are represented; Spain, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The partners will work both on a national and a trans-national level. Cooperation throughout the production process is aiming to transform the Nordic material into a wider European perspective.
The Knowledgeing Work-Shop is basically a meeting-place between practice and theory, where practitioners and advisor/researcher work together on a systematic knowledge development and an understanding of practical work. The practitioners communicate their experience based knowledge by rendering stories based on concrete situations. The stories will then be the subject of systematic investigation and dialogical reflection. This is a process of storytelling and modified reproductions of the stories, alternating between the oral and the written, between the concrete and the theoretical. The themes of the stories will be elucidated from different angles, with contributions from ethics, philosophy, art and field theory. Thus the experiences become a source of deeper insight and understanding.
The model includes six meetings during a period of time. Here participants and advisor join in common dialogue. Between meetings the stories and the empirical material are modified. Because the purpose of the Work-Shop is development and learning, it is essential that the participants work on written reflections. Within education it is supposed to result in a personal essay that elucidates and discusses central themes in the story, also by using theoretical reflections.
Utilization and distribution of results
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Product information Publications from the pilot project: articles and booklet are available on the web site of the SES project, English, Spanish and Norwegian version. Workbook for KWS, guidance booklet and article collection will be available during 2011.