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ERIC Number: EJ911073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
Preparation of Social Workers to Support People with Developmental Disabilities
Laws, Jason; Parish, Susan L.; Scheyett, Anna M.; Egan, Christopher
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v30 n3 p317-333 2010
We examine how well schools of social work prepare students to work with people with developmental disabilities (DD). Using websites of 50 U.S. schools of social work, we examine their curricula to determine the number and nature of disability studies courses. We examine tenure-line faculty to identify potential for current staff to expand DD courses. We provide evidence of growing demand for DD services, and show minimal opportunities exist for students to obtain a concentration or certification in disability studies. Also, a large percentage of tenure-line faculty have research backgrounds in the DD field which are not reflected in current course offerings. Implications for social work education are discussed and recommendations given for future research. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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