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” Jag ser ju vad som står men hur fungerar det i praktiken?”: En kvalitativ studie om nyexaminerade socionomers och snart utexaminerade socionomstudenters upplevelser av sina juridiska kunskaper som myndighetsutövare på individ- och familjeomsorgen
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies (from 2013).
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies (from 2013).
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“I see what it says but how does it work in practice?” : A qualitative study of newly graduated social workers and soon to be graduated social worker students' experiences of their legal knowledge as government practitioners in individual and family care (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to investigate newly graduated social workers and soon to be graduated students of social work and their experiences regarding legal knowledge as practitioners working in individual and family care. The study was carried out with the help of a qualitative method. The material was collected through semi-structured interviews with social workers working in different areas such as child and family-care, financial assistance and addiction-intervention care. The interviewees presented their experiences of differences and gaps, confidence in their own legal knowledge, the inevitable possibility to interpret, time during education, further development of legal knowledge, and promotional and inhibiting factors for learning. The theory being used is Aristotle's theory of knowledge and its further development of Kant and Ryle. The study consistently contains a professional-theoretical perspective. In addition, previous research has been used to link the results with both the theoretical perspective and the interviewees' statements. The result shows that there is a difference and a gap between studies and working life and that a large part of the legal knowledge comes from the work. The majority considered that they had acquired basic legal knowledge from their education but they wanted more in-depth knowledge. They also considered that the work as a social worker is complex, as the different areas within the law they work with leave a great deal of room for individual interpretations. Half of all interviewees also described a need for further development. A large part of previous research correlates with what emerged from the study's results. According to the interviewees, a large part of their knowledge derives from practical experience while there is an imminent desire to combine the practice with the theory.

Abstract [sv]

Studiens syfte var att undersöka nyexaminerade socionomers och snart utexaminerade socionomstudenters upplevelser av sina juridiska kunskaper som myndighetsutövare inom området individ- och familjeomsorg. Studien genomfördes med hjälp av en kvalitativ metod och materialet samlades in genom semistrukturerade intervjuer med socialsekreterare som arbetade inom områdena barn- och familj, ekonomiskt bistånd samt missbruk. Intervjupersonerna återgav sina erfarenheter av skillnader och glapp, förtroendet till den egna juridiska kunskapsnivån, det oundvikliga tolkningsutrymmet – en utmaning, tiden på socionomprogrammet, vidareutveckling av juridiska kunskaper samt främjande och hämmande faktorer för inlärning. Den teori som har använts är Aristoteles kunskapsteori samt dess vidareutveckling av Kant och Ryle. Studien innehåller genomgående ett professionsteoretiskt perspektiv. Därtill har tidigare forskning använts för att knyta samman resultatet med både teorin och intervjupersonernas utsagor. I resultatet framgår det att det finns en skillnad och ett glapp mellan studier och arbetsliv och att en stor del av den juridiska kunskapen kommer från arbetet. Majoriteten ansåg att de fått med sig grundläggande juridiska kunskaper från socionomprogrammet men att de önskat mer fördjupning. De ansåg även att arbetet som socialsekreterare är komplext då lagtexterna de arbetar med lämnar ett stort utrymme för individuella tolkningar. Hälften av alla intervjupersoner beskrev därtill ett behov av vidareutveckling. En stor del av tidigare forskning korrelerar med det som framkom i studiens resultat. Enligt intervjupersonerna härstammar en stor del av deras kunskaper ifrån praktiska erfarenheter och det finns ett överhängande önskemål om att kombinera praktiken med teorin.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 57
Keywords [en]
Social work, law, legal knowledge, public authority, social service, individual and family care, theory of knowledge.
Keywords [sv]
Socialt arbete, juridik, juridisk kunskap, myndighetsutövning, socialtjänst, individ- och familjeomsorg, kunskapsteori.
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-74783OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-74783DiVA, id: diva2:1352167
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Social Work
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Bachelor of Science in Social Work (210 ECTS credits)
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