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The expansion of developmental social work in Southern and East Africa: Opportunities and challenges for social work field programmes

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This article reports on a study that examined how fieldwork education in Southern and East Africa was responding to the developmental social work agenda. The study used semi-structured qualitative interviews with key informants from 15 social work programmes in 11 different Southern and East African countries. It investigated whether the social work fieldwork placements on offer provided practical experience of a developmental approach to social work practice. The study showed the creativity and enthusiasm with which social work educators were embracing the goals of developmental social work education, despite the pitfalls and limitations of doing this within fieldwork resource constraints.

UOW Authors


  •   Gray, Mel (external author)
  •   Agllias, Kylie (external author)
  •   Mupedziswa, Rodreck (external author)
  •   Mugumbate, Jacob

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Gray, M., Agllias, K., Mupedziswa, R. & Mugumbate, J. (2018). The expansion of developmental social work in Southern and East Africa: Opportunities and challenges for social work field programmes. International Social Work, 61 (6), 974-987.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85032956829

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 974

End Page


  • 987

Volume


  • 61

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • This article reports on a study that examined how fieldwork education in Southern and East Africa was responding to the developmental social work agenda. The study used semi-structured qualitative interviews with key informants from 15 social work programmes in 11 different Southern and East African countries. It investigated whether the social work fieldwork placements on offer provided practical experience of a developmental approach to social work practice. The study showed the creativity and enthusiasm with which social work educators were embracing the goals of developmental social work education, despite the pitfalls and limitations of doing this within fieldwork resource constraints.

UOW Authors


  •   Gray, Mel (external author)
  •   Agllias, Kylie (external author)
  •   Mupedziswa, Rodreck (external author)
  •   Mugumbate, Jacob

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Gray, M., Agllias, K., Mupedziswa, R. & Mugumbate, J. (2018). The expansion of developmental social work in Southern and East Africa: Opportunities and challenges for social work field programmes. International Social Work, 61 (6), 974-987.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85032956829

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 974

End Page


  • 987

Volume


  • 61

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom