The place of political diversity within the social work classroom

Mitchell Rosenwald, Diane R. Wiener, Alexa Smith-Osborne, Christine M. Smith

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This article examines political ideology and its implications as a newer diversity variable within social work education. Responding to internal assessments and external critiques of social work education, the dynamics of how diverse political ideologies might manifest in 5 core course concentrations-human behavior in the social environment, research, practice, field education, and policy-are highlighted. The authors offer a series of critical questions, a typology for addressing political ideology, and a set of educational guidelines to assist educators, administrators, and students as they grapple with attending to political diversity in a variety of social work classrooms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-158
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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