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Mind the gap!: Students' Understanding and Application of Social Work Values

Citation
Woodward R & Mackay K (2012) Mind the gap!: Students' Understanding and Application of Social Work Values. Social Work Education, 31 (8), pp. 1090-1104. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2011.608252

Abstract
This paper discusses a research project that explored the development of student social workers' values during the first year of professional education at one Scottish university. Questionnaires, based on a vignette, and focus groups established baseline information at the outset of the study. These methods were reapplied a year later to identify the extent to which students' values framework had developed, and the factors that had supported this. The study revealed that, by the end of that year, students could both identify and apply values to support them in their work with individuals to a greater extent than they could those to help them challenge structural discrimination. The study also highlighted the need for university-based teaching, and practice learning experiences, to provide more opportunities for reflection and discussion to support the development of values in student social workers.

Journal
Social Work Education: Volume 31, Issue 8

StatusPublished
Author(s)Woodward, Rona; Mackay, Kathryn
Publication date31/12/2012
Publication date online2011
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/10404
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0261-5479
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