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From school to the real world - personal and professional development (PPD) in the social work education
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.
2012 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Social work is constantly changing. New graduates social workers encounter a reality they are not properly prepared for and have little experience with it. It is important to educate social workers who can connect theoretical knowledge and practical reality together and simultaneously see themselves as part of the work. Professional development is dependent on the personal development and requires constant reflection. Based on these thoughts have the Social Work program at Malardalen University developed a model based on reflection and self-knowledge. The aim is to train social workers who are well prepared on the various challenges they face in their professional and can reflect on their actions and their skills in different situations. The model contains both educational and psychosocial components. It is intended that students, continuously throughout the training, participating in various activities to develop their understanding of the social work different dimensions. At the same time coached their ability to understand his role and his own person’s importance in social work. The model contains something we call learning journals, similar to today’s notes, where the student himself, reflecting on their own development. The model also means that the student is participating in the so-called reflection groups, and in a short course in self-knowledge. These parts are mandatory and included in the examination. There is an ongoing evaluation is done with the help of student questionnaires. There are interesting results to discuss which shows which uncertainty and ambivalence students feel about what social work is and what social work as profession contains. There is also a fear of what they as individuals will be able to cope and how they as professionals will be able to meet all the expectations they will face in the field.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012.
Keywords [en]
social work, professional development, reflection, self-knowledgeSweden
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Social Sciences Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-16333OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-16333DiVA, id: diva2:573137
Conference
Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development 2012; Action and Impact 8-12 july 2012, Stockholm, Sweden
Available from: 2012-11-29 Created: 2012-11-29 Last updated: 2014-10-08Bibliographically approved

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