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60 Int'l Soc. Work 3 (2017)

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                                                                             International Social Work
                                                                               2017, Vol. 60(I) 3-5
Editorial                                                                     @ The Author(s) 2016
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                                                                      DOI: 10.1 177/0020872816681260

As our readers will notice, this issue is larger than usual. It includes seventeen articles instead of
the usual twelve. Our decision to include more articles reflects the quality, quantity and thematic
diversity of papers submitted to ourjournal. The current issue engages with a wide range of themes,
directly linked to cutting edge debates on social work education, theory, research and practice.
   In the first article, Beth Crisp highlights the importance of cross-country collaborations in cur-
riculum development.  Her paper reports on one such collaboration involving four Australian and
four European  schools of social work, which struggled to develop elements of curriculum  that
could be used by all partners, and identifies issues that international collaborations need to take
account of in the planning and implementation of shared curricula.
   Maria de las Olas Palma-Garcia and Isabel Hombrados-Mendieta   also discuss social work cur-
riculum related issues. Their research explores the relationship between personality characteristics
and the development  of resilience in the context of social work. In order to explore this timely
theme, the authors investigated 479 students and professional social workers through the use of
longitudinal approaches. Their research elaborates on the influence and predictive ability of per-
sonality traits on the resilience of students and social workers.
   Views  and experiences of social work students involved in an international study programme
are explored by Karen Bell, Bernadette Moorhead  and Heather  Boetto in the third article of this
issue. Their research explores the impacts of a short-term international study programme   on
Australian social work students' understanding of social justice and human rights, with particular
emphasis on gender oppression. The main research method  includes qualitative data from a reflec-
tive workshop plus written evaluations and students'reflections on learning experiences during the
programme   are described and explored. The authors suggest that student understanding of gender
oppression, social justice and human rights as global issues was enriched by the programme and
the need for faculty-led and facilitated sessions so that reflective learning is reinforced.
   In the next article, Gunn S Hutchinson and Yossi Korazim-K6rosy provide a comparative study
of the importance and impact of collaborative educational work. More specifically, their study of
educational programs in schools of social work in the Nordic countries focuses on interdisciplinary
collaboration in teaching, research, field practice and community involvement. The study makes
comparisons  with similar studies in the United States, Israel, Canada and Hungary. It takes those
studies a step further by discussing whether the national welfare system influences interdiscipli-
nary collaboration in the educational programmes in the respective countries.
   Julie Lynne Drolet and Tiffany Sampson  introduce the second thematic section of this issue,
discussing climate change through a social development approach. Their article presents research
findings from a study on climate change, disasters and sustainable development, which provide
insight into the diverse perspectives of community members on climate change in six communities
in the Interior and Northern regions of British Columbia, Western Canada. It examines the differ-
ing perspectives and attitudes of affected community members and the role of social development
with respect to climate change adaptation and response. The authors provide suggestions on how
social workers can support and apply the social development approach in communities experienc-
ing the impacts of climate change.

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