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ERIC Number: EJ1144161
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
A Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Worldviews of Educators and Students in Social Work
Watson, Jerry; Simmons, Christopher
College Student Journal, v51 n2 p227-237 Sum 2017
This study explored the worldviews of social work educators and two groups of social work students (European Americans and African Americans) using the Scale to Assess World Views to examine similarities and differences between the three groups. Within-group comparisons revealed African American and European American students showed similar worldview patterns, which were different from the worldviews of social work educators. Between-group comparisons showed that both African American and European American students were more likely than educators to: (1) view human nature as bad, view relationships as lineal-hierarchical, believe in the power of nature, focus on the present, and believe in a doing activity orientation; (2) African American students were more likely than educators to possess a future time orientation and believe in a being-in-becoming activity orientation; and (3) educators were more likely than students to view relationships as collateral-mutual. The findings suggest that social work students might view the world differently than social work educators. Implications for cross-cultural social work education will be discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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