Values Building in Social Work Education

Název projektu / Project title:

Values Building in Social Work Education

Popis projektu / Description of the project:

Social work in contemporary society, where social risks are increasing and the responsibility for them is individualized, is absolutely necessary. Even though the social work in V4 countries is highly professionalized today, its social status is low and its legitimacy is questioned. Values of the profession are the cornerstone of its existence. They support: a) creation of social workers' identity; b) setting up a "professional approach to social work"; c) coping with the (emotionally) demanding nature of the practice and emerging dilemmas. In this context, building the values of social work based on the common tradition of social work in the V4 countries seems to be essential. During their studies, students of social work grow into the values of social work. Abroad (e.g., Great Britain, Australia) there are special courses and teaching methods (such as reflexive journaling, experiential learning or critical incidents analysis) aimed at encouraging students to grow into social work. In V4 countries, the use of these methods tends to be at its beginnings. There is a need to systemize and further develop teaching methods (including the new ones), to increase students' involvement in education and training and this way to achieve congruence between personal and professional values and interconnection of theory and practice. There is a need to systematize and further develop them in the specific conditions and the tradition of social work in the V4 environment.

The project therefore aims to innovate and optimize values building education in social work based on the V4 tradition. The objective will be achieved through: 1. Research and evaluation of values education; 2. Proposal for education innovations; 3. Piloting and optimizing of education; and 3. Dissemination of project outputs.

Období řešení projektu / Project period:

1. 6. 2020 - 31. 12. 2021

Partneři projektu / Project partners:

  • Trnavská univerzita v Trnavě, Trnava University in Trnava, webové stránky partnera projektu / project partner webside:
  • Uniwersytet Łódzki, University of Lodz, webové stránky partnera projektu / project partner webside:
  • Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, webové stránky partnera projektu / project partner webside:
  • Károli Gaspár Református Egyetem, Károli Gaspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, webové stránky partnera projektu / project partner webside:

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

Link na poskytovatele dotace / Link to the grant provider:


Zveřejněno / aktualizováno: 06. 09. 2021