ERIC Number: EJ1037259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
Social Work Science and Identity Formation for Doctoral Scholars within Intellectual Communities
Mor Barak, Michàlle E.; Brekke, John S.
Research on Social Work Practice, v24 n5 p616-624 Sep 2014
Three themes are central to preparing doctoral students for the professoriate: identity formation, scientific integration, and intellectual communities. In this article, we argue that these three themes are not separate pillars but interlocking circles. Our main thesis is that (1) social work must develop into a distinct integrative scientific discipline; (2) this recognition is core to the identity formation of doctoral scholars and, reflectively, their identity formation is central to the future development of social work as a scientific discipline; and (3) the sustainability of social work as a scientific discipline is dependent upon the development of intellectual communities. Developing social work as an integrative discipline will foster and congeal the identity of our scholars while allowing them to flourish within intellectual communities. Implications include nurturing a scientific sense of identity through a dialogical approach to doctoral education, creating and supporting intellectual communities, and making identity formation explicit in mentoring practices.
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Social Work, Social Sciences, Professional Identity, Integrated Activities, Scientific Enterprise, Intellectual Disciplines, Sustainability, Communities of Practice, Definitions, Interdisciplinary Approach, Fused Curriculum, Scientists, Scholarship, Educational Practices
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