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Article: Humanitarian welfare values in a changing social environment: A survey of social work undergraduate students in Beijing and Shanghai

TitleHumanitarian welfare values in a changing social environment: A survey of social work undergraduate students in Beijing and Shanghai
Authors
KeywordsChinese
humanitarian welfare values
social work education
social work students
urban and rural comparison
Issue Date2012
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105686
Citation
Journal of Social Work, 2012, v. 12 n. 1, p. 65-83 How to Cite?
Abstract
• Summary: Internationally accepted social work values are based on ideas about rights, social justice and equitable resource distribution. Does social work education in China embody similar values? Are these values influenced by culture and the current political/economic environment? The research posed three questions. Do social work students studying in metropolitan China support humanitarian welfare values? Are values affected by demographic backgrounds? Does social work education enhance humanitarian values? A self-administered, standardized questionnaire was distributed in 26 classes of social work students studying in seven universities in Beijing and Shanghai (n = 1328).• Findings: Students do not support humanitarian welfare values strongly; and a decrease in these values was observed in senior students. Significant differences in values were found based on gender and on rural/urban origins. Female students were more likely to agree with humanitarian value statements; rural and urban students tended to agree more with values from which they had potential to benefit.• Applications: Social work knowledge and skills rather than values maybe more immediately relevant to Chinese society. However, independent professional practitioners need a solid foundation of professional values to inform practice and standardize the social work role. There needs to be an ongoing debate in China involving social work educators and practitioners about values and their relation to Chinese society, the ways in which they are influenced by non-Chinese cultures; and how to infuse these consistently into social work curricula in Chinese universities. © The Author(s) 2010.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/136703
ISSN
2013 Impact Factor: 0.709
2013 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.660
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dc.contributor.authorLou, VWQen_HK
dc.contributor.authorPearson, Ven_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, YCen_HK
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dc.date.issued2012en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Social Work, 2012, v. 12 n. 1, p. 65-83en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1468-0173en_HK
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dc.description.abstract• Summary: Internationally accepted social work values are based on ideas about rights, social justice and equitable resource distribution. Does social work education in China embody similar values? Are these values influenced by culture and the current political/economic environment? The research posed three questions. Do social work students studying in metropolitan China support humanitarian welfare values? Are values affected by demographic backgrounds? Does social work education enhance humanitarian values? A self-administered, standardized questionnaire was distributed in 26 classes of social work students studying in seven universities in Beijing and Shanghai (n = 1328).• Findings: Students do not support humanitarian welfare values strongly; and a decrease in these values was observed in senior students. Significant differences in values were found based on gender and on rural/urban origins. Female students were more likely to agree with humanitarian value statements; rural and urban students tended to agree more with values from which they had potential to benefit.• Applications: Social work knowledge and skills rather than values maybe more immediately relevant to Chinese society. However, independent professional practitioners need a solid foundation of professional values to inform practice and standardize the social work role. There needs to be an ongoing debate in China involving social work educators and practitioners about values and their relation to Chinese society, the ways in which they are influenced by non-Chinese cultures; and how to infuse these consistently into social work curricula in Chinese universities. © The Author(s) 2010.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105686en_HK
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dc.rightsJournal of Social Work. Copyright © Sage Publications Ltd.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectChineseen_HK
dc.subjecthumanitarian welfare valuesen_HK
dc.subjectsocial work educationen_HK
dc.subjectsocial work studentsen_HK
dc.subjecturban and rural comparisonen_HK
dc.titleHumanitarian welfare values in a changing social environment: A survey of social work undergraduate students in Beijing and Shanghaien_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailLou, VWQ: wlou@hku.hken_HK
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