Social Workers as Civic-Minded Professionals

Laura Lowe, Sarah Twill

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Abstract

This study examined civic mindedness among a sample of social work educators, community practitioners and new graduates. Using a web-based survey, researchers asked respondents questions making up Hatcher’s (2008) Civic Minded Professional scale. Results indicated that traditional and field faculty were more civic minded than new graduates and other practitioners. Social work educators who focused on raising civic awareness in courses were more civic minded than colleagues. New graduates who had participated in club service events were more civic minded; however, there was no significant differences between groups based on number of community service courses completed. Social workers, whether faculty or not, who had participated in collaborative research were more civic minded. The authors conclude that how social workers view their commitment to civic engagement has implication. We need to be vigilant in our commitment to well-being in society. Intentional practices could be implemen
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-293
JournalAdvances in Social Work
StatePublished - Oct 2014

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