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Title:Spirituality and Social Work Students in Their First Year of Study at a South African University
Author:Sacco, TerryISNI
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
social work education
Education and Oral Traditions
Religion and Witchcraft
social work
Abstract:South Africa's reconciliation, reconstruction and development programme poses challenges for both social workers and their educators. To prepare students to face the enormous task that lies ahead of them in the implementation of the process of building a new South Africa, it is necessary to mobilize external as well as interpersonal and intrapersonal human resources. By means of an exploratory investigation among 35 social work students in their first year of study, this paper identifies some internal resources that students bring with them into their social work education. The investigation focused on spirituality and contained open-ended questions with regard to students' definitions of spirituality and divinity; their experience with suffering; and the role of spirituality in their lives. The students' own experiences gave them a profound knowledge of suffering and a commitment to alleviate the suffering of others. Social work educators need to find ways of assisting these students through their educational journey so that they remain in touch with their commitment to the suffering of others. Bibliogr., sum.