How do we prepare students for the challenges of social work? Examples from six countries around the world

Tham, P., McFadden, P., Russ, E., Baldschun, A., Blakeman, P. ORCID: 0000-0001-8535-194X and Griffiths, A., 2021. How do we prepare students for the challenges of social work? Examples from six countries around the world. Social Work Education. ISSN 0261-5479

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Abstract

In this paper we provide a descriptive comparison of the similarities and differences between social work education at six different universities situated in Australia, England, Finland, Northern Ireland, Sweden, and the United States. The aim was to begin an international conversation by examining the similarities and differences in these examples, around admissions and recruitment processes, professional training, and field practicum to prepare social work students for practice and to consider any implications that differing models of recruitment and training might have for the students’ preparedness for the challenges of social work. The findings reflect common characteristics relating to the curriculum, such as skills training, reflective practice and application of theory into practice. Differences include a range of approaches to professional regulation, admissions and selection, duration of courses and practicum during training. The complexities of trying to measure similarities and differences across diverse models of education are recognised, including the difficulties stemming from different factors being relevant in diverse geographic regions across diverse contexts. The authors suggest that starting an international discussion allows us to learn from one another and may serve as a catalyst for future progress in this area.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Social Work Education
Creators: Tham, P., McFadden, P., Russ, E., Baldschun, A., Blakeman, P. and Griffiths, A.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 16 September 2021
ISSN: 0261-5479
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/02615479.2021.1976135DOI
1472502Other
Rights: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 20 Sep 2021 08:14
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 08:14
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44206

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