Competency of Social Work Educators in Malaysian: A Way Forward


Social work educators’ competency is pivotal in promoting professional social work practices. Effective strategies may improve the competency among social work educators. This study gathered empirical data from a qualitative study conducted among 20 social work educators in Malaysian public universities. The paper derived the strategies from the findings of an in-depth interview. The findings prompt that continuous training, collaborative networking and legislative power are strategies highlighted by the respondents which will increase the competency among Malaysian social work educators. The strategies discussed in this paper will benefit the social work education and social work profession in Malaysia. The implementation of these strategies will give more recognition to social work as a profession and produce more competent and qualified social workers in resolving social issues which threatening the safety and well-being of society.

Keywords: Social work educators, competency, training, networking, Social Work Act

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