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International students in Bachelor of Social Work programs across Australia: A case for special educational consideration?


Taylor, S and Craft, CA and Smith, DA and Rowley, D, International students in Bachelor of Social Work programs across Australia: A case for special educational consideration?, Australian Social Work, 53, (2) pp. 29-36. ISSN 0312-407X (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/03124070008414146


While increasing enrolments of international fee-paying students are a feature of the current Australian tertiary system, little research has been undertaken relating to international students studying social work. A national survey of all accredited BSW programs within Australia was undertaken in 1997 with regard to the demographic profile of international students, current provisions for them and perceptions of educators about relevant issues for consideration. The findings of this survey are presented here. Fee-paying international students represented a small proportion of total enrolments within Australian BSW programs in 1997. While educators perceived that these students did have particular educational and social challenges within Australian social work programs, few special considerations were afforded to them, although the literature would encourage us to consider this. Issues relating to the social and cultural construction of Western social work education are discussed, as well as the cultural relevance of Australian social work education for international students intending to practise social work in their countries of origin. © 2000, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Social work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Craft, CA (Ms Cecilia Craft)
UTAS Author:Smith, DA (Ms Debra Smith)
UTAS Author:Rowley, D (Ms Della Rowley)
ID Code:19395
Year Published:2000
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2001-05-21

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