Lessons from American social work education: caution ahead

Karger, Howard (2012) Lessons from American social work education: caution ahead. Australian Social Work, 65 3: 311-325. doi:10.1080/0312407X.2012.678498


Author Karger, Howard
Title Lessons from American social work education: caution ahead
Journal name Australian Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-407X
1447-0748
Publication date 2012-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0312407X.2012.678498
Open Access Status
Volume 65
Issue 3
Start page 311
End page 325
Total pages 15
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Similar trends are occurring in Australian and US social work education, as universities increasingly adopt a rigid market orientation to tertiary education. This marketisation shapes social work education in manifold ways, including the pressure to increase revenues (and effect greater efficiencies) by expanding the size of social work programs. The unregulated growth in social work programs leads to lowered admission standards, as programs are forced to compete for students. An oversupply of social workers will also drive salaries downwards as supply eclipses demand. These issues are examined in the context of a “big” versus a “small” (fewer but more highly trained social workers) model of social work. Emphasis is placed on the lessons that Australian social work educators can learn from the challenges facing US social work education.
Keyword Social work
Social work education
Social work values
Social workers
Programs
Moratorium
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Version of record first published: 7 June 2012.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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