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From Challenges to Opportunities: Practical Strategies to Support Domestic and International Students’ Learning in Social Work

Wyllie, Aaron and Saunders, Bernadette (2019) 'From Challenges to Opportunities: Practical Strategies to Support Domestic and International Students’ Learning in Social Work.' Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 21 (2). ISSN 1329-0584 (In Press)

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Abstract

There has been a significant increase in the number of international students studying in Australia over the past decade. While data on the number of these students studying social work programs is unavailable, the institution that is the context of this article has recorded a significant increase in international enrolments in recent years. Most international students in Australia are from non-English speaking backgrounds and move to Australia alone, often without ever having lived outside of their home countries. Existing literature describes common challenges that international social work students face, and highlights the value which they can gain from but also contribute to social work programs. However, literature identifying or describing practical teaching strategies which can support international social work students’ learning, while maximising the learning opportunities presented to all students through a more diverse student cohort, is scarce. Drawing on the authors’ experience of teaching a first-year cohort of graduate-entry social work students, almost half of whom were international students, this article identifies three key challenges that this mixed cohort presented, and describes some practical modifications of tutorial activities that appeared to support and enhance students’ learning.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2019 14:31
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2019 14:31
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24869

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