International student exchange in Australian social work education

Harris, Nonie, Miles, Debra, Howard, Elise, Zuchowski, Ines, King, Julie, Dhephasadin Na Ayudhaya, Piyachat, Jones, Peter, Francis, Abraham, Gopalkrishnan, Narayan, and Puthantharayil, George (2017) International student exchange in Australian social work education. Australian Social Work, 70 (4). pp. 429-440.

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International student exchange is pursued by Australian schools of social work as a strategy to engage with the internationalisation agenda set by government, universities, and the profession. However, little concrete information about the nature and scope of these activities exists. The study reported here aimed to address this gap. Twenty-seven of the 30 Australian universities that offer social work programs participated in an online survey about international student exchange activities. The results indicate that a majority of schools (n = 23) do engage in such activities, with international field placements the most frequent form of exchange. Exchanges are most likely to be facilitated and managed by social work staff. The findings, and their implications for the development of good practice in international student exchange, are discussed. This research provides a "point-in-time" snapshot of international exchange in Australian social work education and a benchmark for future analyses of this expanding practice in the profession.

Item ID: 48069
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0748
Keywords: social work education; internationalisation; international student exchange; outward mobility; study abroad
Funders: Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT)
Projects and Grants: OLT Innovation and Development grant
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2017 23:46
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440999 Social work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930503 Resourcing of Education and Training Systems @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 40%
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