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    Social work students on the island of Ireland: a cross-sectional survey

    McCartan, Claire and Byrne, Julie and Campbell, Jim and Coogan, Declan and Davidson, Gavin and Hayes, David and Kirwan, Gloria and MacDonald, Mandi and McCaughren, Simone and McFadden, Paula and McGregor, Caroline and Montgomery, Lorna and Pentaraki, Maria and Roddy, Shaun and Roulston, Audrey and Shore, Caroline and Wilson, Elaine (2020) Social work students on the island of Ireland: a cross-sectional survey. Social Work Education. pp. 1-20. ISSN 0261-5476

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    Understanding the characteristics, motivations, and experiences of student social workers is important to inform their professional education and support needs. To date, there has been relatively little research about social work students in Ireland, both North and South. This study reports on an all-Ireland survey of students beginning their social work course in Autumn 2018 in the six Universities delivering social work education. It describes the characteristics of the student cohort, examines the motivations behind choosing this career, and highlights some of the potentially relevant life experiences and beliefs which may have contributed to their ambition to join the social work profession. Implications for social work education, recommendations for curriculum development, workforce planning, and the provision of appropriate support for students are discussed.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Social work education; Ireland; curriculum development; student support; reflective practice;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Applied Social Studies
    Item ID: 14899
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    Depositing User: Gloria Kirwan
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2021 15:02
    Journal or Publication Title: Social Work Education
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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