David Hage passionately enjoys teaching at the University level. He is committed to helping his social work students prepare for generalist social work practice, and others develop practical knowledge and skills in the fields of gerontology, interdisciplinary health professions, and psychology. David currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Social Work/Field Director at Misericordia University, a private Catholic University in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Students can find course related and other helpful external links on the “Resources” page.
As I reflect on the impact that several of my teaching mentors have had on my present identity as an educator and field practicum director, there are several core values that I have carried over into my teaching. Each of these educators had a strong student-centered approach rooted in the dignity and worth of each person, and the value of relationships with students and those they will work with professionally in the future. They were ethically grounded and competent in professional standards of practice. Their approaches valued diversity and promoted integrity, social justice, and service.
The teaching approach that I have developed embodies these core values and remains consistent with Misericordia University’s charisms of mercy, service, justice and hospitality for all. As an educator in an undergraduate social work program, my focus is on promoting confidence and competence across key social work values and practice behavior standards. Employing a strengths-based approach, I seek to empower my students in such a way that inspires them to empower those they will partner with professionally in their field practicums, and later as competent bachelor’s level generalist social work practitioners. I view field direction as a particularly important component of my role as an educator because field education is the signature pedagogy in the social work field. In this environment, I have the privilege of using my varied practice experience to help students translate theory into practice as they begin to develop their professional social work identities.
My concept of learning acknowledges situated cognition for students, which notes that students learn best when the learning environment provides sufficient structure and personally meaningful content that offers opportunities to utilize new cognitive skills and strategies (Wilson, 1993). I also integrate Collingwood’s flexible Three-Stage Theory Framework, which accounts for staged contexts of learning (Collingwood, 2005). In this theory, a service user profile is obtained, theory is introduced to inform and intervene, and the appropriate knowledge, skills, and values are incorporated (Collingwood, 2005). This theoretical orientation provides students in the classroom or field placement with a useful and validated learning approach, which applies to social work students with various levels of preparation and individual learning needs. In sum, my teaching approach carefully combines structured evidence-based learning in the context of the real-world application, informed by a strong value base.
Collingwood, P. (2005). Integrating theory and practice. The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 6(1), 6-23. doi:10.1921/17466184.108.40.206
Wilson, A. L. (1993). The promise of situated cognition. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 1993(57), 71-79. doi:10.1002/ace.36719935709 …
Spring 2017 Courses
David Hage will be offering the following courses for the Spring 2017 semester (descriptions below):
- Swk 252 (Social Welfare & Policy Services)
- Psy 285 (Communication Skills: Interviewing & Recording Techniques)
- Swk 367 (Methods & Processes II)
- Swk 372 (Field Instruction Seminar I)/ Swk 472 (Field Instruction I)
- Swk 474 (Field Instruction Seminar III)/ Swk 476 (Field Instuct6ion III)
Past Courses Taught
Gerontology 241 (Introduction to Social Gerontology)
Health Professions 135 (Health Behavior Change Application)
Psychology 285 (Communication Skills: Interviewing & Recording Techniques)
Sociology 101 (Comparative Sociology)
Social Work 252 (Social Welfare Policy & Services)
Social Work 367 (Methods & Processes II)
Social Work 372/473/474 (Field Instruction Seminars I, II, & III)
Social Work 472/ 475/476 (Field Instruction Sections I, II, & III)
Students work in a community agency or clinical environment two days per week (200 hours) each semester for a total of 3 semesters (600 total hours). One placement occurs in Spring of junior year. The other two placements occur in fall and spring semesters during senior year. Field instruction takes place under the supervision of an agency supervisor and a member of the social work faculty. Students participate fully in agency activities. Social work field instruction is the signature pedagogy within social work education.