Modes of practice and the dual mission of social work: A cross-national study of social work students' preferences

Idit Weiss*

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Abstract

This study examines the commitment of social work in various countries to its declared dual mission-enhancing individual well-being and promoting social justice. It does so by examining the mode of practice preferences of graduating BSW students from seven countries. Based on cluster analysis, three distinct subgroups of students with particular patterns of preferences were found: a generic group, a direct/ micro group, and a macro group. The distribution of students among these groups differs between country cohorts. While each of the clusters was to be found in all the countries studied, in three country cohorts, a majority of students belonged to the generic group and a considerable number sought to engage in macro practice, reflecting a commitment to the profession's dual focus. The majority of the students within the remaining country cohorts preferred micro practice and were far less willing to adopt macro level practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-151
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 26 Jul 2006

Keywords

  • Cross-national study
  • Dual focus
  • Professional preferences
  • Social justice
  • Social work students

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