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dc.contributor.authorClements, Andrew Jamesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGuppy, Andrewen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKinman, Gailen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-17T08:54:55Z
dc.date.available2013-06-17T08:54:55Z
dc.date.issued2012-11-23
dc.identifier.citationClements, A.J., Kinman, G. & Guppy, A. (2012) 'You could damage somebody's life: Student and lecturer perspectives on commitment', Social Work Education, pp.1-14.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0261-5479
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/02615479.2012.741579
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/294090
dc.descriptionSocial Work Educationen_GB
dc.description.abstractRetention problems in the social work profession have been well documented. There is evidence that social workers experience a shorter working life compared to many other professional groups. Despite existing links between commitment to the job role and important work outcomes such as retention, few studies have investigated commitment in social work students. This study utilised qualitative data to examine this issue from the perspective of seven social work students and three lecturers. Aspects of commitment, as well as associated concepts such as perceptions of support and perspectives on the social work profession were explored. Commitment was primarily seen by students and lecturers as synonymous with dedication to the profession and its values. The extent and nature of support from a range of sources was seen as varying in quality, although peer support was generally seen in positive terms. It is suggested that interventions to enhance peer support have the potential to enhance student commitment and, consequently, retention.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francis Groupen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02615479.2012.741579#.Ub7Z5-e-o0E
dc.subjecthigher educationen_GB
dc.subjectstudentsen_GB
dc.subjectwork commitmenten_GB
dc.subjectqualitative methodsen_GB
dc.title'You could damage somebody’s life': student and lecturer perspectives on commitment and social work educationen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen_GB
dc.identifier.journalSocial Work Educationen_GB
html.description.abstractRetention problems in the social work profession have been well documented. There is evidence that social workers experience a shorter working life compared to many other professional groups. Despite existing links between commitment to the job role and important work outcomes such as retention, few studies have investigated commitment in social work students. This study utilised qualitative data to examine this issue from the perspective of seven social work students and three lecturers. Aspects of commitment, as well as associated concepts such as perceptions of support and perspectives on the social work profession were explored. Commitment was primarily seen by students and lecturers as synonymous with dedication to the profession and its values. The extent and nature of support from a range of sources was seen as varying in quality, although peer support was generally seen in positive terms. It is suggested that interventions to enhance peer support have the potential to enhance student commitment and, consequently, retention.


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