ERIC Number: EJ1029636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Social Work and Engineering Collaboration: Forging Innovative Global Community Development Education
Gilbert, Dorie J.
Journal of Social Work Education, v50 n2 p292-304 2014
Interdisciplinary programs in schools of social work are growing in scope and number. This article reports on collaboration between a school of social work and a school of engineering, which is forging a new area of interdisciplinary education. The program engages social work students working alongside engineering students in a team approach to developing and implementing international community development projects. The author chronicles the prevalence and types of interdisciplinary, academic social work collaborations over the past 2 decades and outlines the uniqueness of an engineering and social work partnership. After presenting the components of the collaboration, the author analyzes the collaboration's fit for social work education using a model of interdisciplinary social work. Implications for social work education and research are discussed.
Descriptors: Social Work, Engineering, Interdisciplinary Approach, Engineering Education, Community Development, Incidence, Cooperation, Program Development, Counselor Training, Partnerships in Education, Travel, Cultural Awareness, History, Individual Characteristics, International Educational Exchange, Service Learning, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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