Factors that influence young social work students'expression of political opinions

Project code:  EDU006


Liz Beddoe

Social work students are encouraged to actively support social justice and human rights as these principles are embedded in the profession's definition (IFSW 2012).  In the current climate, where social work itself is under constant political scrutiny, multiple factors may positively and negatively impact on these students’ willingness to express political opinion in professional workplaces and on social media. This study will recruit a small international team to undertake a multi-country survey (NZ, Australia, U.K., Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland) and short semi-structured Skype/ phone interviews to gain a snapshot of young students' views about political expression in 'public' spaces.    The summer scholar will assist with literature review, interviews and data analysis.

Historical Research in Social Work Education

Project code:  EDU010


Barbara Staniforth

The Council for Social Work Education of Aotearoa New Zealand (CSWEANZ) provides a forum for representatives of social work education programmes to engage in planning, policy development and consultation on issues to do with social work education.  This project will involve organisation and digital archiving of information from CSWEANZ’s history as well as conducting interviews with present and past presidents, and other members of the Association. These activities will form the basis of an article which will contribute to the historical record of social work education in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Refugee Resettlement Research Conservatory

Project code:  EDU017

The summer scholar will participate in cutting edge research related to refugee resettlement in New Zealand.  Activities include: participating in a national symposium about establishing a refugee settlement research agenda and shaping an associated collaborative university/community based research proposal; involvement with two major research projects related to social media and disaster risk reduction with refugees; and writing assistance to update recent global forced migration trends and associated national/international responses.  The scholar will have meaningful opportunities to connect with the professional and community based refugee sector, participate in major research, and engage with contemporary international/national debates related to forced migration.

Field Education enhanced - Does the application of E Portfolio pedagogy embolden transformational learning in social work field placements, if so how?

Project code:  EDU022


A redesign of field education process sees us piloting E-portfolio pedagogy with 6 cohorts of social work students (2016). The general aim of this evaluation is to discover ‘what’ the parties to practicum field work partnerships are experiencing in this process, in order to identify enablers and barriers to enhanced transformative learning.  The summer scholar will work with the Practise Learning Team to:

(1)  Undertake an annotated literature review in relation to the application of E-portfolios in educational field work settings

(2)  Assist in the gathering of qualitative data capturing precipitating factors that compelled the shift in pedagogical focus.

(3)  Contribute to the examination of the advantages and challenges faced by the first two pilot cohorts of Bachelor of Social work and Masters of Social Work students, their field work supervisors and university educators in designing and applying E-portfolio pedagogy.

(4)  Begin a draft of an article for publication, capturing the key themes emerging from the above analysis.

Review of Whānau, Aiga engagement event

Project code:  EDU025


Matt Shepherd

For the last three years CHSSWK has been involved with organising a Whānau Aiga evening.  The purpose of this has been to build relationships with the whānau members of our students.  The numbers for this event have been low and we want to investigate why this is and develop recommendations about how to increase attendance.  A summer scholar would interview past attendees and current stakeholders to find out what was successful about the evening and what can be improved. A second phase would include interviews from current students about how the first two years of academic life impact upon them and their whānau. The summer scholar would be involved in completing a literature review and interviewing participants.  An expected outcome of this project is a list of recommendations to be made available to the organising committee of the Whānau, Aiga event, to assist with future planning.