Internationalizing Social Work Education: Models, Methods, and Meanings

  • Martha C. Merrill
  • Caren J. Frost
Keywords: Social work education, Education abroad, Study abroad, International student learning

Abstract

Education abroad program designers who wish to work with colleagues interested in internationalizing social work education need to be concerned with both general and discipline-specific issues. Social work students resemble many other adults and professional students in their need for short term programs that meet specific requirements, resulting in the frequency of faculty-led summer programs. In order to understand the options that are available for internationalizing social work education, and, in particular, internationalizing its field work placements through education abroad, one first must examine the requirements of the field in the U.S., definitions of international social work, and the rationales that have been advanced for internationalizing the field. This article presents a discussion that focuses on the models for international student learning that have been proposed and practiced.

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Author Biographies

Martha C. Merrill

Martha Merrill is Associate Professor of Higher Education at Kent State University in Ohio and Coordinator of the International Education Certificate. Dr. Merrill has published several articles and book chapters and given many conference papers on intercultural issues, international education, service learning, and university reform in Central Asia. Her current research interests focus on the globalization of quality assessment standards in higher education. 

Caren J. Frost

Caren Frost is the Director of International Social Work Education and a Research Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Utah, where she also serves as Associate Director of the Middle East Center. She teaches courses on global patterns of health and mental health, issues in women’s health, and perspectives on women’s lives in the Middle East & North Africa, and conducts research on the psychosocial aspects of women’s health in a number of venues. 

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Published
2011-08-15
How to Cite
Merrill, M. C., & Frost, C. J. (2011). Internationalizing Social Work Education: Models, Methods, and Meanings. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 21(1), 189-210. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v21i1.309
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