ERIC Number: EJ1106141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Toward Transgender Affirmative Social Work Education
Austin, Ashley; Craig, Shelley L.; McInroy, Lauren B.
Journal of Social Work Education, v52 n3 p297-310 2016
Social work has professional and academic standards consistent with transgender affirmative education and practice. Nevertheless, a growing body of research suggests that transgender issues are largely absent from social work education, resulting in practitioners who are uninformed or biased against transgender issues. The present study expands the literature through a mixed methods study exploring perceptions of transgender issues in social work education from the perspectives of transgender social work students (n = 97). Quantitative and qualitative analyses reveal barriers to transgender affirmative social work education including (1) transphobic microaggressions within classroom and field settings, (2) the absence of transgender specific education and expertise, and (3) the general lack of visibility of transgender issues. Recommendations for transgender affirmative social work education are provided.
Descriptors: Social Work, Sexual Identity, Affirmative Action, Mixed Methods Research, Barriers, Student Attitudes, Aggression, Expertise, Access to Education, Institutional Characteristics, Course Content, Student Experience, Social Support Groups, College Students, Likert Scales, Surveys, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States