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Liedgren, P. (2018). Minorities with different values at school: the case of Jehovah's Witnesses. British Journal of Religious Education, 40(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Minorities with different values at school: the case of Jehovah's Witnesses
2018 (English)In: British Journal of Religious Education, ISSN 0141-6200, E-ISSN 1740-7931, Vol. 40, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Teachers in Swedish schools are to balance the values implemented by the law and at the same time try to respect the freedom of religion for the pupils. Aim of the study was to empirically investigate how teachers deal with pupils being Jehovah's Witnesses, a minority religion. Interviews with 11 informants who was members of Jehovah's Witnesses during the time in school (age 13 - 16) was conducted as well as interviews with two teachers as well as one school-psychologist and one school-counsellor. The study found that teachers often are lost in situation with children belonging to minority religion. Implications for practice are given.

Keywords
Pedagogy, religion, children
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-15005 (URN)10.1080/01416200.2016.1150253 (DOI)000417574300004 ()
Available from: 2014-08-23 Created: 2014-08-23 Last updated: 2017-12-29Bibliographically approved
Liedgren, P., Elvhage, G., Ehrenberg, A. & Kullberg, C. (2016). The use of decision support systems in social work: a scoping study literature review. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 13(1), 1-20
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The use of decision support systems in social work: a scoping study literature review
2016 (English)In: Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, ISSN 2376-1407, E-ISSN 2376-1415, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 1-20Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Decision support systems are known to be helpful for professionals in many medical professions. In social work, decision support systems have had modest use, accompanied by strong criticism from the profession but often by praise from political management. In this study the aim of the authors was to collect and report on the published evidence on decision support systems in social work. The conclusion of the authors is that a decision support system gives support to social workers in conducting a thorough investigation, but at the same time gives them the freedom to make autonomous decisions that might be the most helpful for and used by social workers. Their results also indicate that decision support systems focusing on atypical rather than typical cases are perceived as the most useful among experienced staff.

Keywords
Scoping study literature review, decision support system, implementation
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Health and Welfare, Profession, implementering, kunskapsanvändning och evidens
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-18123 (URN)10.1080/15433714.2014.914992 (DOI)26061124 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2015-06-24 Created: 2015-06-24 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Liedgren, P. (2015). Transfer of teaching styles: Teaching social work in Iraqi Kurdistan as a swede. International Social Work, 58(1), 175-185
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Transfer of teaching styles: Teaching social work in Iraqi Kurdistan as a swede
2015 (English)In: International Social Work, ISSN 0020-8728, E-ISSN 1461-7234, Vol. 58, no 1, p. 175-185Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Universities in the Global North teach social work in the Global South from time to time. This article aims to describe and discuss such projects from a pedagogical aspect, with a focus on teaching styles. Nine interviews were conducted with Swedish teachers who had experience of teaching in Iraqi Kurdistan. The article sketches their strategies they developed during their period of teaching social work abroad. The teachers had different ways of handling the teaching situation and the styles were divided into three major types. These styles are referred to here as Co-traveller, Therapeutic and Socratic.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2015
Keywords
International social work, teaching styles
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-12602 (URN)10.1177/0020872812461020 (DOI)000347170200016 ()
Available from: 2013-06-11 Created: 2013-06-11 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Liedgren, P. & Kullberg, C. (2014). Evidensbaserad praktik i svenskt socialt arbete: En forskningsöversikt och ett förslag till fortsatt forskning. Falun
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Evidensbaserad praktik i svenskt socialt arbete: En forskningsöversikt och ett förslag till fortsatt forskning
2014 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Denna rapport presenterar en översikt av forskning om evidensbaserad praktik (EBP) i svenskt socialt arbete inom den kommunala socialtjänsten och andra verksamheter inom den svenska socialvården. Syftet är att beskriva forskningsläget om EBP i socialt arbete samt ge förslag till fortsatt forskning på området. I rapporten redovisas forskning om stöd, attityder och förhållningssätt till det evidensbaserade arbetet med fokus på organisation, chefer och första linjens socialarbetare. Resultaten visar att genomförandet av EBP i socialt arbete till stora delar styrts centralt av Socialstyrelsen. Den EBP-version som på detta sätt prioriterats och spridits skulle kunna kallas en guideline-modell. Forskning visar också att svenska socialarbetares anpassning till ett EBP-koncept enligt guideline-modell är relativt svagt. Trots det är socialarbetare liksom sina chefer överlag allmänt positiva till EBP, men det finns också en relativt stark oro för att den version av EBP som sprids av Socialstyrelsen är för rigorös för att passa praktiskt socialt arbete. Mot bakgrund av det fokus som forskningen haft och de kunskapsluckor som finns om socialarbetares förhållande till en reflekterande praktiker-modell avslutas rapporten med att ge ett förslag på framtida möjliga forskningsfrågor utifrån detta perspektiv.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun: , 2014. p. 20
Series
Arbetsrapport / Högskolan Dalarna, ISSN 1653-9362 ; 03
Keywords
Evidensbaserat socialt arbete, EBP, Sverige
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-16194 (URN)978-91-85941-60-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-10-15 Created: 2014-10-15 Last updated: 2015-12-16Bibliographically approved
Liedgren, P. (2014). Översyn magisterprogram i socialt arbete med inriktning evidensbaserat arbete med barn och unga. Falun: Högskolan Dalarna
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Översyn magisterprogram i socialt arbete med inriktning evidensbaserat arbete med barn och unga
2014 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Denna rapport har som syfte att göra en översyn av magisterprogramet i evidensbaserat socialt arbetes första år. Intervjuer har genomförts med studenter, lärare samt representanter för arbetslivet (kommuner). I rapporten presenteras följande förlag; 1) Att avsluta fri-fart, fri-start upplägget och istället införa fast fart (25% alt. 50%)  takt för studierna. Kurserna kan fortfarande bestå av inspelade föreläsningar och ha en stor flexibilitet, inom terminsgränserna. 2) Att begränsa examinationerna till fem. 3) Att ha kvar distans/nätundervisningen och att uppmuntra kursansvariga att lägga in diskussionstrådar, chat, connectmöten och bjuda in studenter som bor nära studieorten att närvara vid streamade föreläsningar. 4) Att ge möjligheter till ett program. Att erbjuda magisterkurserna som fristående kurser som sedan vägs samman i en magisterexamen. 5) Att inrätta ett programråd där återkommande diskussioner förs kring socialarbetarnas utbildning, policyns implementering och vidarutveckling.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun: Högskolan Dalarna, 2014. p. 21
Series
Arbetsrapport / Högskolan Dalarna, ISSN 1653-9362 ; 02
Keywords
Magisterprogram, Socialt arbete, Översyn
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-15161 (URN)978-91-85941-59-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-09-04 Created: 2014-09-04 Last updated: 2015-12-16Bibliographically approved
Liedgren, P. & Andersson, L. (2013). Strategies among young Jehovah’s Witnesses in compulsory school in Sweden, age 13-15, a case-study. International Journal for the Study of New Religions, 4(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategies among young Jehovah’s Witnesses in compulsory school in Sweden, age 13-15, a case-study
2013 (English)In: International Journal for the Study of New Religions, ISSN 2041-9511, E-ISSN 2041-952X, Vol. 4, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigated how young teenagers, as members of a strong religious organization, dealt with the school situation and the encounter with mainstream culture taking place at school during the final years in Swedish primary school (age 13-15 years). The purpose was to explore possible strategies that members of a minority group, in this case the Jehovah’s Witnesses, developed in order to deal with a value system differing from that of the group. We interviewed eleven former members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses about their final years in compulsory Swedish communal school. The ages of the interviewees ranged between 24 and 46 years, and the interviewed group comprised six men and five women. Nine of the eleven interviewees had grown up in the countryside or in villages. All but two were ethnic Swedes. The time that had passed since leaving the movement ranged from quite recently to 20 years. The results revealed three strategies; Standing up for Your Beliefs, Escaping, and Living in Two Worlds. The first two strategies are based on a One-World View, and the third strategy, Living in Two Worlds, implies a Two-World View, accepting to a certain extent both the Jehovah’s Witnesses outlook as well as that of ordinary society. The strategy Standing up for Your Beliefs can be described as straightforward, outspoken, and bold; the youngsters did not show any doubts about their belief. The second subgroup showed an unshakeable faith, but suffered psychological stress since their intentions to live according to their belief led to insecurity in terms of how to behave, and also left them quite isolated. These people reported more absence from school. The youngsters using the strategy Living in Two Worlds appeared to possess the ability to sympathize with both world views, and were more adaptable in different situations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
UK: Equinox Publishing, 2013
Keywords
strategies, coping, Jehovah’s Witnesses, adolescence, compulsory school, age 13-15.
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Health and Welfare, Att vara Jehovas vittne på ett svenskt sekulärt högstadium - en studie om krockar mellan fundamentalism och sekularism
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-12584 (URN)10.1558/ijsnr.v4i1.3 (DOI)
Available from: 2013-06-11 Created: 2013-06-11 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Liedgren, P. (2013). Strategies among young Jehovah's Witnesses in secondary school in Sweden. In: Religion in Scandinavia: . Paper presented at "Changning Religious Movements in a Changing World" CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religion), Falun 2013.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategies among young Jehovah's Witnesses in secondary school in Sweden
2013 (English)In: Religion in Scandinavia, 2013Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Sweden is among the most secular countries in the world and Jehovah’s Witness is a fundamentalist Christian organization with an ambition to present its interpretation of the Bible as truth. Emerging adults in Jehovah’s Witness are expected to behave and believe according to rules and a view of life which distinguish them from the values and teachings of the Swedish school.  The aim of the paper is to present strategies and reflections among Jehovah’s Witnesses in Swedish secondary school to meet the expectations of the religious community, when these are in conflict with the values and teachings of the school. Interviews with eleven former Jehovah’s Witnesses, now adults, have been conducted in the tradition of grounded theory. Strategies found where; 1) to stand up for their belief; 2) double standard and 3) flight. The reflections concern what it is to be an authentic person and the social context.

Keywords
Jehovah’s Witnesses, emerging adults, strategies, secondary school, Sweden
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Health and Welfare, Att vara Jehovas vittne på ett svenskt sekulärt högstadium - en studie om krockar mellan fundamentalism och sekularism
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-12767 (URN)
Conference
"Changning Religious Movements in a Changing World" CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religion), Falun 2013
Available from: 2013-08-12 Created: 2013-08-12 Last updated: 2015-12-16Bibliographically approved
Elvhage, G. & Liedgren, P. (2013). They call me "Mum". In: Cree, Vivianne (Ed.), Becoming a social worker: Narratives from Around the World (pp. 70-77). Edinburgh: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>They call me "Mum"
2013 (English)In: Becoming a social worker: Narratives from Around the World / [ed] Cree, Vivianne, Edinburgh: Routledge, 2013, p. 70-77Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This is a book about social workers and social work. It tells the story of the journey into and through social work of people from around the world living and working in social work today. We hear what has brought them into social work and what has kept them in it since. Their lively accounts demonstrate that commitment and passion remain at the heart of social work today. This new edition of Becoming a Social Worker is made up of entirely new stories. It describes what it is like to be a social worker in a range of different practice settings in different countries. While many of the narratives are from practitioners and educators who either grew up in, or came as adults to, the UK, half of the narratives explores the experiences of social workers and educators working in different parts of the world in countries as diverse as Australia and New Zealand, India and Bangladesh, Ireland, Sweden and Eastern Europe, Nigeria, the USA and Canada. The book ends with a commentary, which argues that social work is truly a global profession.Some of the contributors will be recognised as those who have played a key part in shaping social work over the years and they provide valuable insights into how the profession has developed over time. Other contributors, less well known but no less interesting, give a vivid account of the challenges that social work education and practice face, and the shared values that underpin social work wherever it is located. Social work is a demanding and difficult job that goes largely unseen within society. We only ever hear about social work and social workers when something goes wrong and a vulnerable adult or child is hurt. Becoming a Social Worker sets out to change that - to make social work visible, so that those considering a career in the caring professions across the world can make an informed choice about whether social work is the career for them.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Edinburgh: Routledge, 2013
Keywords
International social work, social work, education
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-6116 (URN)978-0415665957 (ISBN)0415665957 (ISBN)
Available from: 2011-12-08 Created: 2011-12-08 Last updated: 2015-12-16Bibliographically approved
Liedgren, P. & Elvhage, G. (2012). Expectations, attitudes and motives among future social workers in Sweden: students in social work. In: : . Paper presented at Social Work Social Development 2012: Action and Impact, 8-12 July 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Expectations, attitudes and motives among future social workers in Sweden: students in social work
2012 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The intended aim of this paperis to discuss motivation and personal traits among social work students andimplication to international social work. An enquiry was made to investigatethe motivation, values and expectation among first year social work students atfour universities in Sweden. There is previous evidence that education havedifficulties forming students values, and the effect follows that it isbecoming vital to attract and accept the best students for the profession. Oneof the investigated universities did have a different form of admission systemsince half of their students were accepted after a test and an interview. Thepresentation aims to present results from the survey as well as discuss how theresults of the Swedish social work students differed in between theuniversities and from international research of social work students.

Keywords
Social work students, social work program, values, expectations
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-12598 (URN)
Conference
Social Work Social Development 2012: Action and Impact, 8-12 July 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden
Available from: 2013-06-11 Created: 2013-06-11 Last updated: 2015-12-16Bibliographically approved
Liedgren, P. (2012). Exporting teaching styles. In: Social work education: . Paper presented at Social Work Social Development 2012: Action and Impact conference, Stockholm 8-12 July, 2012.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exporting teaching styles
2012 (English)In: Social work education, 2012Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Universities in the Global North teach social work in the Global South from time to time. This paper aims to describe and discuss such projects from a pedagogical aspect, with a focus on teaching styles. Nine interviews were conducted with Swedish teachers who had experience of teaching in Iraqi Kurdistan. The paper sketches their strategies they developed during their period of teaching social work abroad.The teachers had different ways of handling the teaching situation and the styles were divided into three major types. These styles are referred to hereas Co-traveller, Therapeutic and Socratic.

Keywords
export of education, teaching styles, social work, Iraq, Sweden, social work program, social work education
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-12596 (URN)
Conference
Social Work Social Development 2012: Action and Impact conference, Stockholm 8-12 July, 2012
Available from: 2013-06-11 Created: 2013-06-11 Last updated: 2015-12-16Bibliographically approved
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