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ERIC Number: ED545860
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 240
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2675-0026-7
International Social Work: A Situational Analysis of Accredited CSWE Institutions in Mid-Western USA
Lamin, Sylvester Amara
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University
The importance of International social work education these days cannot be overstated as social work has been established in nearly every part of the world. Also, globalization has been pivotal as it has facilitated the movement of people, improved technology and other social problems as well. American higher education is challenged to expand and keep in line with developmental trends in the global arena. Thus the social work profession has been affected by global changes and therefore social work education needs to prepare students to meet these demands both within their locales and internationally. Being that social work educators train students by imparting knowledge and professional practice, their responsibilities have increased especially with the introduction of the 2008 Educational Policy on Accreditation Standards (EPAS) by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Consequently this study was done to explore how deans, professors or those that directly teach international social work prepare students at the master's level. This qualitative research method using grounded theory was sought to collect data through semi-structured interviews from 14 participants at accredited CSWE institutions in Mid-Western USA. All interviews were taped and subsequently transcribed. As a key component of grounded theory, constant comparisons of data were done during the analysis. Following the data analysis seven themes emerged: Definitions of International Social Work, Funding, Collaboration, Study Abroad and International Field Placements, Textbooks for International Social Work, Tenure and Curriculum Development. The findings revealed variations by accredited CSWE institutions in the Mid-West as they design both the explicit and implicit curriculum outlined by CSWE in the 2008 EPAS. The findings have shown what institutions do in preparing students for international social work and the challenges they encounter. The participants in this study prepare students by infusing international social work topics in their courses, design international social work courses, take students on study abroad trips and facilitate international field placements especially as the Council On Social Work Education 2008 Educational Policy on Accreditation Standards (EPAS) has noted that field education is signature pedagogy of the profession. In the areas of the implicit curriculum participants in this study have created ideal educational environment for the students and diversity issues have been integrated into their missions and infused in some courses as well. The participants also offer students the necessary advisement, as they guide them through the specialization process as a whole. In terms of qualifications, all participants in this study with the exception of one have doctoral degrees and their expertise have been utilized by students as they train to be professional social workers. The participants in this study constitute a formidable manpower in teaching, research and, planning. In terms of challenges nearly all the participants expressed funding problems for international social work as it is at the lower rung of prioritized areas of concentration in the accredited institutions. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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