ERIC Number: EJ1130705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Apples and Pears: Engaging Social Work Students in Social Dialogue
Reyneke, Roelof P.
Research on Social Work Practice, v27 n2 p239-247 Mar 2017
Purpose: To investigate how an adventure-based activity could help facilitate dialogue and enable a safe process where students could engage in a difficult topic such as diversity without feeling threatened. Method: A qualitative study was used in which 89 social work students who took part in diversity training gave permission that their manuscripts be used for documentary analysis. Content analysis was used to analyze the data in order to determine if and how the adventure-based activity contributed to the facilitation of dialogue. Results: It was found that the activity contributed to changing the attitude and knowledge of social work students. It opened up new perspectives and allowed students to discuss diversity without fear. Conclusion: The use of adventure activities is an effective strategy to facilitate dialogue between students.
Descriptors: Social Work, Adventure Education, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Qualitative Research, Student Developed Materials, Multicultural Education, Content Analysis, Discourse Communities, Student Attitudes, Attitude Change, Knowledge Level, Learning Activities, Constructivism (Learning), Experiential Learning, Undergraduate Students, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa