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ERIC Number: EJ1135197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-4744
Students' Perceptions of Volunteering during the First Two Years of Studying a Social Work Degree
Gaston, Sherryl; Kruger, Mellissa L.
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v8 n2 Article 11 Jul 2014
There are benefits to volunteering for both the community and the student undertaking the volunteering, it can help to enhance the students understanding of the area they are moving into, or it can show them where they do not want to work. It can assist the student to connect with the community and develop an awareness of the society around them. In most social work programs in Australia there is no practical experience until the last half of the program. This study wanted to identify if social work students undertaking volunteer work during the first two years of their course, found it helped to enhance their understanding of their studies, as well as human service work in general. The findings support that volunteering in the first two years of the degree would to enhance student learning.
Centers for Teaching & Technology at Georgia Southern University. IJ-SoTL, Georgia Southern University, Henderson Library 1301, Statesboro, GA 30460. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A