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Education for a sustainable future?: Students’ experiences of workshops on ethical dilemma
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2634-631x
2019 (English)In: Social Work Education, ISSN 0261-5479, E-ISSN 1470-1227, Vol. 38, no 1, p. 119-128Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The goal of education for sustainable development (ESD) is to promote the values, behaviors, and lifestyles that are needed to find solutions to global economic, social, and environmental challenges. Social work and social work education have an important role to play in ESD, and poverty reduction, health, and well-being are important issues for social work as well. UNESCO, as well as the provisions of the Sweden’s Higher Education Ordinance, emphasizes the importance of higher education in meeting the future challenges to creating a sustainable society. Social work education at Örebro University has a long tradition of collaboration with service user organizations, for example by holding workshops on ethical dilemmas. This article describes these workshops and explores the students’ experiences of them. Four themes were identified: the perspective of ‘the other’ (and my own role), the importance of a nonjudgmental approach, the complexity of ethical dilemmas, and awareness of the complexity of social work. The workshops give the students a platform where they can gain practical knowledge and experience. Through the workshops, the students began to reflect on their own inner ethical compass, as well as on their own role and the challenging nature of social work.

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Routledge, 2019. Vol. 38, no 1, p. 119-128
Keywords [en]
Sustainable learning, social work education, collaborative learning, service user organizations, ethical dilemmas
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Social Work
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70086DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2018.1543391ISI: 000470236000010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85056209684OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-70086DiVA, id: diva2:1261928
Available from: 2018-11-09 Created: 2018-11-09 Last updated: 2019-06-20Bibliographically approved

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