Rural and Regional Developments in Social Work Higher Education

Margaret Alston

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    Social work education has traditionally been taught in urban universities in on-campus programs. In the present paper, the author outlines the nature of social work education at Charles Sturt University, a regional Australian university. The author argues that social work education in a rural/regional university is shaped by rural social contextual issues, as well as by changes in the higher education sector. The author notes that social work educaiton fills a significant gap in that it attracts students who are unable to access urban campuses, adds value to service delivery, supports rural/regional research and highlights issues of rural disadvantage. Despite this, the paper argues that rural disadvantage and higher education sector pressures place the delivery of social work education shaped around and responsive to rural social justice issues in regional universities in jeopardy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)107-121
    Number of pages15
    JournalAustralian Social Work
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


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