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Social work students’ perspective on environmental justice: gaps and challenges for preparing students

Sparks, Jessica; Massey Combs, Katie; Yu, Jennifer

Authors

Katie Massey Combs

Jennifer Yu



Abstract

The integration of environmental justice into social work education, research, and practice has grown substantially in the past decade. However, social workers still report feeling unprepared to address these challenges with their clients and communities. To understand the disconnect between education about and application of environmental justice principles, semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with graduate social work students (n = 14). Findings suggest this disconnect is catalyzed, in part, by the environment’s meta nature and a lack of facilitated education on the dynamic feedbacks between the physical environment and social justice issues. Implications for social work educators are discussed.

Citation

Sparks, J., Massey Combs, K., & Yu, J. (2019). Social work students’ perspective on environmental justice: gaps and challenges for preparing students. Journal of Community Practice, 27(3-4), 476-486. https://doi.org/10.1080/10705422.2019.1655124

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 23, 2019
Online Publication Date Aug 15, 2019
Publication Date Aug 15, 2019
Deposit Date Jul 31, 2019
Publicly Available Date Aug 16, 2020
Journal Journal of Community Practice
Print ISSN 1070-5422
Electronic ISSN 1543-3706
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 3-4
Pages 476-486
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10705422.2019.1655124
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/2363152
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10705422.2019.1655124
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Community Practice on 15.08.2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10705422.2019.1655124

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