Workshop: German Pupil Course Ortenburg, 2016

Social work - what do young people think of it?

This was the topic of this year's thematic workshop in Ortenburg. Here you can read the report from Group Leader, Hazel Bailey, on what pupils from both countries discussed and what they discovered. They worked in mixed language groups so that they could all extend their language skills as well as delve further into the culture of the other country.

What are social jobs...

First of all the pupils worked in groups to put together a list of professions which could be placed under the umbrella term of 'social work'; after that we found out who knew someone who worked in any of these professions - in case any of these acquaintances might be prepared to offer their services in the coming week for an interview for the Workshop.

...and what skills do we need to bring?

Then the groups considered which characteristics are needed or are helpful to carry out any of these professions. The results were posted on the board in German after which the matching English words were dealt out so that they could be posted next to their partner word. After this, every group thought about which five characteristics were the most important for doing social work. These were: communicative skills, sensitivity, patience, reliability, and capacity for team work.

Preparing an interview

In order to find out what various social workers think about their jobs, the pupils worked together in groups to devise a questionnaire. (…) After all questions were put together in a joint questionnaire, each pair was informed with whom they were to carry out their interview. The pupils were to organise their own dates and times for the interviews and were reminded that the Brits were to carry out the interviews while the German pupils would help by noting the answers. Amongst others, the following professional groups were represented: teachers, nursery school teachers, school secretaries, carers of various kinds, child minders, nurses.

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