Comparing Social Work Students' Perceptions of Risk Using Online Discussion Fora: Lessons Learned from a European Pilot Project

David Hayes, Janet Carter Anand, Gavin Davidson, Agnieszka Buczak, Chaitali Das, Peter Hansbauer, Dirk Koob

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Abstract

Comparisons of international child welfare systems have identified two basic orientations to practice; a ‘child protection’ orientation and a ‘child welfare’ orientation, which are founded upon fundamentally different values and assumptions regarding the family, the origins of child care problems, and the proper role of the state in relation to the family. This paper describes a project which sought to compare how undergraduate social work students from three European Universities perceive risk in referrals about the welfare of children and to explore the impact of different cultural, ideological and educational contexts on the way in which risk is constructed by students. Students from Northern Ireland, Germany and Poland examined three vignettes via ten online discussion fora each of which provided a narrative summary of their discussion. The paper presents some findings from the analysis of the qualitative data emerging from the student discussions and draws out the lessons learned in terms of how the project was designed and implemented using online discussion fora.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-157
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Work Education
Volume35
Issue number2
Early online date10 Feb 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Risk
  • Students
  • Online learning
  • Child abuse
  • Europe

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