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Child protection and cultural awareness : Simulation-based learning

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Author list: Israelsson, Magnus

Publication year: 2018

Start page: 1

End page: 15

Number of pages: 15

ISSN: 1531-3204

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15313204.2018.1493013


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Social work educators have long struggled with the challenge of finding appropriate strategies for fostering cultural awareness among their students. The purpose of this study is to illustrate how a computer-based simulation, SimChild, can be used in teaching about child protection to enhance cultural awareness among students and expand their insight into how personal biases can affect professional practice. In SimChild, individual students can assume the role of social worker and then collectively discuss the patterns emerging after their individual assessments have been aggregated. This study, based primarily on focus group data, reflects testing conducted at three Swedish universities.


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