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Gaps between academia and practice: Perspectives on new graduates’ readiness for social work practice in Georgia
International Social Work  (IF1.349),  Pub Date : 2021-08-26, DOI: 10.1177/00208728211026361
Inga Saitadze, Darejan Dvalishvili

The study explores the perspectives of social work students, faculty, and the main employer of social workers with regard to new graduates’ readiness for social work practice in Georgia. The results of focus groups and in-person interviews revealed significant gaps and tension between academic programs and professional practice contributing to students’ low levels of readiness for practice. Participants identified various concerns regarding academic program curricula, field education, and professional practice; although, reasons for new graduates’ lack of readiness for practice highlighted by the main employer and academic program faculty were conflicting and pointed need for further actions.