Maximizing student learning: A case example of applying teaching and learning theory in social work

Barbra Ann Teater

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

25 Citations (SciVal)


Social work is a practising profession and when students undergo a social work undergraduate course they are expected to learn and apply the knowledge, skills and values necessary for their future social work career. As an educator, the challenge exists in determining whether students have learnt the material and are prepared to implement the knowledge, skills and values into practice. Current theories on teaching and learning are useful tools to educators who want to ensure that course units are maximizing students' learning potential. This paper focuses on the application of three established teaching and learning theories implemented in a social work module. The paper begins with an overview of Biggs' theory of Constructive Alignment, Biggs' four levels of understanding/Bloom's Taxonomy, and Race's five factors that underpin successful learning. The paper describes the integration of the theories to a social work undergraduate module through the following four-step process: (1) revisit learning outcomes; (2) determine teaching methods and learning activities; (3) design assessment; and (4) receive feedback/evaluate. The students' learning experiences were positively reflected through their personal learning outcomes, formative feedback and summative feedback, which demonstrated the ability to maximize student learning through the incorporation of teaching and learning theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-585
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Work Education: The International Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011


Dive into the research topics of 'Maximizing student learning: A case example of applying teaching and learning theory in social work'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this