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What Changes MSW Students' View on the Mission of Social Work?
Social Work Education: The International Journal (2010)
  • Meekyung Han, San Jose State University
  • Julian Chun-Chung Chow, San Jose State University
Abstract
Little is known about how professional social work education affects students' view on the social work mission. Using a secondary analysis of larger longitudinal data collected from masters in social work (MSW) students in California, USA, this study sought to explore the relationship among the students' demographic characteristics, their primary reasons for pursuing an MSW degree, and their view on the mission of social work at the time of entering an MSW program, whether the students' view on the mission of social work changed in the course of an MSW education, and factors contributing to a change of MSW students' view on the social work mission—individual adaptation vs societal change—between the beginning and the end of the MSW program. The results showed that students' degree of social action involvement, type of field practicum, and ideological variables predicted students' view changes or adherence between entering the MSW program and graduating.
Keywords
  • Social Work Mission,
  • Graduate Social Work Students in California,
  • USA,
  • Individual Adaptation vs Societal Change,
  • Social Action Involvement,
  • Field Practicum
Disciplines
Publication Date
March, 2010
DOI
10.1080/02615470902912227
Publisher Statement
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Citation Information
Meekyung Han and Julian Chun-Chung Chow. "What Changes MSW Students' View on the Mission of Social Work?" Social Work Education: The International Journal Vol. 29 Iss. 2 (2010) p. 205 - 221 ISSN: 0261-5479
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/meekyung-han/12/