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Dr Gavin Heron


Social Work

Personal statement

My teaching on the social work qualifying courses includes: poverty and deprivation; theory and practice and lifelong learning. I also have a tutoring role in supporting students on practice placements and supervise students undertaking undergraduate and postgradure dissertations.


Using practical philosophy to enhance the self-regulation of children in secure accommodation
Heron Gavin, Cassidy Claire
Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, (2017)
Young people in secure accommodation : self-regulation through Community of Philosophical Inquiry
Cassidy Claire, Heron Gavin
International Council for Philosophical Inquiry with Children, (2017)
Using the rules of practical philosophy to enhance the self-regulation of young people in secure accommodation
Cassidy Claire, Heron Gavin
CELCIS: Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care, (2017)
Digital storytelling and accommodated young people at children's hearings
Heron Gavin, Steckley Laura
SIRCC National Conference, (2016)
Using philosophical inquiry to support vulnerable young people's identities and transitions
Cassidy Claire, Heron Gavin, Christie Donald
International Council for Philosophy Inquiry with Children, (2015)
Social work education : a framework for evaluating feedback on student social workers understanding of child care and protection
Heron Gavin
Evaluation as a Tool for Research, Learning and Making Things BetterEvaluation as a Tool for Research, Learning and Making Things Better, (2014)

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Research interests

My research interests focus on social work education. This includes students’ ability to convey critical thinking in their written work, the way race issues are understood by students, use of assessment tools and the effective delivery of feedback.


Digital Storytelling, Accomodated Children and Children's Hearings
Heron, Gavin (Principal Investigator) Steckley, Laura (Co-investigator)
Period 27-Jun-2015 - 25-Sep-2015
Exploring the influence of feedback on student social workers' understanding of child care and protection
Heron, Gavin (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2011 - 31-Jan-2013

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