This is who we are and this is what we do: Social work education and self-efficacy

McDonald, C 2007, 'This is who we are and this is what we do: Social work education and self-efficacy', Australian Social Work, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 83-93.


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Title This is who we are and this is what we do: Social work education and self-efficacy
Author(s) McDonald, C
Year 2007
Journal name Australian Social Work
Volume number 60
Issue number 1
Start page 83
End page 93
Total pages 11
Publisher Australian Association of Social Workers
Abstract Citing anecdotal evidence about the poor self-efficacy among graduating social work students manifesting in student claims that they lack the skills to practice effectively, the present paper suggests that the cause may lie, in part, in the manner in which social work education is undertaken. Instead of adjusting curriculum content, the author suggests that educators need to moderate the emphasis they place on social work as a professional project, as well as clarify the status and use of practice theory. The paper concludes with three additional recommendations for consideration by educators and suggests a research agenda for assessing student self-efficacy.
Subject Clinical Social Work Practice
Keyword(s) self-efficacy
social work education
social work students
DOI - identifier 10.1080/03124070601166737
ISSN 0312-407X
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