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Curriculum development for professional ethics in Australian human service university programmes

Fox, Tricia A., Lonne, Robert L., & McDonald, Catherine (2001) Curriculum development for professional ethics in Australian human service university programmes. The Curriculum Journal, 12(2), pp. 241-259.

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Abstract

Australian academics and practitioners in the human services are particularly susceptible to social, political and economin influences in respect of their relevance, viability and operations. In fact, it can be argued that the impact of these influences has placed human service practitioners and academics in a perpetual state of vulnerability. Australian universities have been challenged to make their programmes more relevant and viable to the community at large, and practitioners face increasing workloads with limited resources based on restricted fiscal allocation, and the chaning relationship between government and service providers. Drawing on interview data from twenty-one (n=21) practitioners, this article highlights their identified problems regarding the notion of professionalism in the human services with a particular focus on ethical dilemmas in human service practice. Gleaning these details will be a basis for recommending necessary professional ethics curricula content in human service programmes offered in Australian universities. Moreover, while the research data is Australian based, the authors contend that the universal theories and principles underpinning human service practice justify the significance and value of the data as an important source for international consideration in curriculum development of human service academic programmes.

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ID Code: 10397
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: professional ethics, social work and welfare curricula, university reform, curriculum development
DOI: 10.1080/09585170122855
ISSN: 1469-3704
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in The Curriculum Journal 12(2):pp. 241-259.
Deposited On: 25 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 02:02

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