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ERIC Number: EJ1107214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
PhD versus DSW: A Critique of Trends in Social Work Doctoral Education
Howard, Tyriesa
Journal of Social Work Education, v52 suppl 1 pS148-S153 2016
Social work educators are in a phase of reintroducing the doctor of social work (DSW) degree and refining distinctions between PhD and DSW doctoral programs. This article examines how the two options have been prey to a noticeable "seesaw of precedence", resulting in a debatable history of social work's approach to doctoral education that is yet to be discussed in a manner leading to the profession's acknowledgment of the quandary. It is essential for those in social work education to be progressive and abreast of emergent needs; however, it is also critical to be cognizant of the far-reaching implications associated with major educational shifts to avoid an identity crisis stemming from outside criticism potentially similar to Abraham Flexner's report on social work's ambiguity as a profession.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota; New Jersey; New York; Tennessee
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