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ERIC Number: EJ837136
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
An International Experience for Social Work Students: Self-Reflection through Poetry and Journal Writing Exercises
Furman, Rich; Coyne, Ann; Negi, Nalini Junko
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v28 n1-2 p71-85 May 2008
This descriptive article explores the uses of poetry and journaling exercises as means of helping students develop their self-reflective capacities within the context of international social work. First, self-reflection and its importance to social work practice and education is discussed. Second, the importance of self-reflection in international and cross-cultural work is highlighted. Third, the application of poetry and other journal writing exercises as a means of facilitating self-reflection is explored. Poems written in response to structured exercises by students who took part in an international experience in social work education in Leon, Nicaragua, are presented as examples. The exercises presented can be used by educators in various helping professions who seek to help their students expand their self-reflective skills and engage in cross-cultural and international practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nicaragua
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A