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Where in the Social Work World are You? (South Africa)

Keynote Presentation
19 Mar 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Where in the Social Work World are You? (South Africa)

On March 19th, we celebrate World Social Work Day 2019, and this session will focus on the growth of social work around the globe. Every ten years, the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) conducts a world census of social work education programs offering at least one degree program in social work.

The major outcome of the census is a directory of contact details for all social work education programs in the world. In the year 2000, the directory contained details of 1384 programs from 114 countries and in 2010 it grew to include 2110 social work degree sites in 125 countries.

By 2020 we are aiming to include every social work training institution in the galaxy. The directory also provides insights into the social work profession’s global reach and identifies areas for expansion. In addition, a mid-decade membership survey was designed to identify differences or similarities among social work programs from country to country and across continents. It also partly aimed to explore the assumption that IASSW member schools were meeting the stipulations in the Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training (2004).

This lecture forms part of the planning for the 2020 IASSW World Census of Social Work Education Programs. The current census has harnessed online survey technology and will create a web-based directory. The presentation will outline a brief history of the world census documenting some of the challenges and limitations of the methods used. It will also provide an update on the current progress.

Learning Objectives

  • Outline a brief history of the world census.

  • Document some of the challenges and limitations of the methods used.

  • Provide an update on the current progress.

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