My student I/eye: autoethnographic reflections on my social work student experience

Matthews, Lucie G. (2010) My student I/eye: autoethnographic reflections on my social work student experience. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Advocacy for reflective practice combined with roots in social justice and equality, creates a profession which inevitably attracts a workforce from diverse backgrounds. This autoethnographic study explored how one student social worker experienced her training. It focuses on her path to developing a professional identity which was in harmony with her disabled person and lesbian identities. It employs first person narrative as is usual for autoethnographic research. Social, cultural and physical barriers to social work education were identified and these gave rise to a number of recommendations. In particular it was noted that social work education needs to tackle issues of heterosexism and heteronormativity in terms of how such processes impact on social work professionals. The author warns against one-off lectures on these subjects as others have done, and opts for an imbedded approach to such issues instead. It was found that a pro-active systemic approach to inclusion is required if social work students with disabilities are to be fully incorporated into social work education. If access for disabled students and heteronormativity are not addressed, social work students are likely to be marginalized by the gap between social work values and how they are valued by the profession.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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