The increasing diversity of our society presents a unique opportunity for social work educators to assess the “preparedness” of future social workers through traditional curricula for practice in multicultural contexts. The purpose of this study is to report on findings from an exploratory, mixed method examination of a judgmental, convenience sample of 70 students and 58 field instructors perceptions of preparedness for culturally competent social work practice through field internships. Study findings reveal the need for further attention to all of the competency areas identified. On each variable, the field instructors rated the students as less prepared than they perceived themselves to be with regard to cultural competence, understanding oppression, discrimination, ethnic-sensitive interviewing skills, advocacy, and awareness of how to address issues of policy for oppressed populations. Additionally implications of the finding that no European American student group members perceived themselves as better prepared for work in cross-cultural contexts and the need to initiate discussion regarding cross-cultural interpersonal dynamics in the field instructor-student relationship are addressed. Areas for further investigation of cultural competence in field education are also identified.
|Keywords:||Cultural Competence, Preparedness, Field Education|
Assistant Professor, Social Work Program, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, New Jersey, USA
Assistant Professor, Social Work, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PA, USA
There are currently no reviews of this product.Write a Review