Double jeopardy: The ageing LGBT population in social work education (2016)
Type of ContentJournal Article
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury. Human Services and Social Work
University of Canterbury. School of Language, Social and Political Sciences
- Arts: Journal Articles 
This paper reviews the literature on the extent to which social work education prepares students to work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LBGT) people and ageing individuals. This review is important because an ageing population will result in more social workers engaging with this demographic. To conduct this review we assess a combination of research and commentaries that discuss perceived gaps in social work education. The fields reviewed include social work education, ageing, LGBT populations, and the intersection of age and sexuality. The main findings of this review show that social work education is lacking in terms of curriculum content and challenging student and educator perceptions in regards to ageing and LGBTI populations, and that students and educators are open to change and development in the right circumstances. There are limitations in the use of selected material, primarily due to a limited range of contexts in which gerontological evaluations of social work education have taken place, and the tendency to treat the LGBT community as a single homogenous group. However, these findings are still significant as social work students need to be competent and knowledgeable about working with this population due to demographic shifts. Following this review, we discuss recommendations for addressing the limitations discovered in social work education using a critical pedagogical approach.
CitationBetts, D., Maidment, J., Evans, E. (2016) Double jeopardy: The ageing LGBT population in social work education. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 18(1).
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Keywordsageing; LGBT; Social work education; pedagogy
ANZSRC Fields of Research16 - Studies in Human Society::1699 - Other Studies in Human Society::169901 - Gender Specific Studies
39 - Education::3904 - Specialist studies in education::390406 - Gender, sexuality and education
44 - Human society::4409 - Social work::440901 - Clinical social work practice
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