Janice West – Talking Social Work and Social Policy
Our thanks to Glasgow Caledonian University Audio-Visual Services for assistance in recording this series of video interviews.
The ‘Talking Social Work and Social Policy’ collection was created in conjunction with Janice West, a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Glasgow Caledonian University. She has various active research interests including: evaluation of the training needs of curators ad litem in the Courts system, assessing the effectiveness of a mentoring scheme for black students on placement and an active interest in researching adult learning approaches to teaching and learning, specifically through the use of computer and information technology systems. In addition to these interests she has much experience in the development of e-learning resources.
The materials cultivated from the BBC archive for the ‘Talking Social Work and Social Policy’ collection has served a dual purpose. In the first instance the media will be made available to teachers and students in a catalogued collection of social policy related ‘mixed resources’. Primarily this collection focuses on two aspects of British social policy over the last 50 years: a) The making of the modern Welfare State and b) The impact of devolution on the social policy context of Scotland.
Students and teachers will retrieve, evaluate, and add metadata for use and citation of the audio for on-line interactions, classroom presentations and course-work. Funded support staff will augment repositories at Glasgow Caledonian University and the BBC with social policy related meta-data. This will help to develop a sustainable workflow model that uses the expertise of the social policy higher educational community to enhance the usability of the resources and create a sustainable Shibboleth/Athens based service.
The Spoken Word project has also acted as the main content provider to the Clydetown Project that is led by Janice West. Clydetown is a rich multi media resource that simulates various scenarios that a social worker may experience during an average working day. These scenarios are constructed using BBC archive material provided by the Spoken Word.
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