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Faculty Attitudes Regarding Student's Preparedness for Culturally Sensitive Social Work Practice in the United States


Rich Furman 
School of Social Work, University of Nebraska-Omaha
rfurman@mial.unomha.edu
 

Chance W. Lewis 
School of Education, Colorado State University 

Jeffery Shears 
School of Social Work and Center for American Studies in Ethnicity, Colorado State University

 

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Abstract

In the United States, social work education has a mandate to train students for culturally sensitive social work practice. This mandate is becoming increasingly important as the United States becomes increasingly multicultural. This study presents data that assesses the degree to which social work education is fulfilling this mandate by exploring faculty perceptions regarding the preparedness of Master of Social Work students for culturally sensitive social work. In addition to the presentation of data, a literature review explores the history and role of culturally sensitive social work education in the United States. 

Attitudes, cultural sensitivity, social work practice, United States of America

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Furman, R., Lewis, C.W. and Shears, J. (2004) Faculty Attitudes Regarding Student's Preparedness for Culturally Sensitive Social Work Practice in the United States. International Education Journal, 5 (3), 423-432.
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