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Abstract

This article provides an evaluation and analysis of a professional social work course for experienced practitioners from the point of view of the course team and the participants at the Department of Applied Social Studies, University College, Cork. Although the initiative described is a unique one the issues examined may be relevant to wider social work training. Central themes of discussion include principles .2f adult education, attempts to bridge the theory practice divide, the use of group work and- "Portfolio as learning contexts. An independent model of practice teaching is also ex~mined. The experience suggests that the development of a collaborative approach in education provides an enriching environment where the wealth of knowledge and experience of participants can be utilised in the teaching process.

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