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ERIC Number: EJ791599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
Falls the Shadow and the Light: Liminality and Natality in Social Work Field Education
Hurlock, Debb; Barlow, Constance; Phelan, Anne; Myrick, Florence; Sawa, Russell; Rogers, Gayla
Teaching in Higher Education, v13 n3 p291-301 Jun 2008
This article is situated within an experience of conflict for Tina, a social work student, who is caught between her beliefs about the virtues of social work practice, and her disillusioning encounter with the school's administration. In this paper, we interpret Tina's experience of conflict by drawing on the central concepts of liminality and natality, and how she moves through disillusionment to illumination, thereby generating new self-understandings and meanings of social work practice. We conclude with the pedagogical implications for students, and educators, and that as messy and complex as the liminal is, it is also vital to the creation of new understandings and regeneration of meaning in professional education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada