Holmstrom, C (2012) Social Work's New ‘Non-traditional’ Students? Learning from the Experiences of Our Younger Students. Social Work Education, 31 (3). 269 - 286.

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Abstract

This paper begins by locating the (controversial) removal of the ‘minimum age at qualification’ regulation in 2003 within the context of wider changes occurring within social work education and the social work profession. This is followed by a report of a small scale exploratory study designed to gather data regarding the experiences of younger students within one undergraduate qualifying programme. The data are then discussed in relation to literature from within social work and allied disciplines in order to consider themes such as ‘identity’, ‘othering’ and ‘recognition’. It is suggested from data gathered during this project that although the gates to social work education have now been opened more widely to school leaving students, they have in effect become social work's new ‘non-traditional’ students and in some cases, inclusion is experienced as partial rather than complete. A discussion of the implications for further research as well as teaching, learning and group process issues on professional programmes concludes this paper.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this article and all relevant information related to it, including copyrights and more, can be found online at; https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02615479.2011.557430?needAccess=true
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Primary, Community and Social Care
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2021 16:19
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2021 16:19
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/10306

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