University and social involvement at the neighborhood level: Implications for social work education

Hillel Schmid*, Edith Blit-Cohen

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The article describes and evaluates an innovative experiment in education and training of social workers at an academic learning center, which was established by the Hebrew University's School of Social Work and Social Welfare in a neighborhood of Jerusalem. The project focused on strengthening the link between theory, research, and practice. Participants were exposed to advanced theories and macropractice seminars, and gained practical experience as well as tools and technologies for coping with the social problems faced by Jerusalem neighborhoods. In that process, they became aware of the difficulties involved in initiating programs and in establishing coalitions with neighborhood institutions, residents, and other constituencies. The article deals with the achievements of the learning center, as well as with the difficulties and dilemmas encountered in the effort to sustain collaboration between the university and the community. In addition, issues related to supervision of students specializing in community work and practice, and implications for social work education are presented and discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)271-290
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Teaching in Social Work
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2009


  • Civic engagement
  • Community work education
  • Learning center
  • University-community partnership


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