Transitions in first-year students' initial practice orientations

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Abstract

This study investigates the impact of the first-year program on the initial practice orientations of 2 distinct, equal-sized clusters of entering BSW students: micro-oriented and macro-oriented students. Results indicate that the proportion of students reporting a micro-practice orientation increased from 53.2% to 62.4% between the beginning and end of the year, whereas the proportion of students expressing a strong interest in macro-level practice decreased from 46.8% to 37.6%. At the end of the year, students interested in macro-level practice were also found to be interested in micro-level practice, indicating their generalist practice orientation. The findings are discussed in the light of 3 different approaches, which together provide a deeper understanding of the factors associated with students' professional socialization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-359
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2012

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