Editorial

2004/2005 ISSUE 9

Following guidelines adopted by course organizing directors as editors of the Journal, issue number nine covers lectures and presentations for the following three courses/symposia:

  1. Course “Social Work and Spirituality”; symposium “Exploring Meta-Ethics and Promoting Culture of Peace”;
  2. Course “Social Work Theories and Methodologies”; symposium “Social Work and Risk”, and
  3. Course “Social Work with Children and Youth”; symposium “Reaching the Inner World” of a child and/or young person.

All three courses had an excellent academic program, which resulted in high evaluation beyond the agreed number of three lectures per course, with a total number of nine lectures; we extended an invitation to eleven lecturers. Unfortunately, due to other pressing commitments three colleagues were not able to meet our extended deadline. We regret not having their valuable contributions as part of the Journal issue number nine, but remain hopeful that their excellent work will be published in the near future.

 

Issue number nine contains eight lectures/articles, of which three come from the UK, two from the United States, and one each from Germany, Holland, and Croatia/USA:

  • Jeanette Daines’ (USA) contribution covers the historic role of education as a purveyor of culture, and explores conceptual framework that focuses on the technicist, communicative/interpretive, and emancipative perspective.
  • Suzette vanIJsell (Holland) explores interrelations between peace, ethics and spirituality—towards spontaneous right action and a society of abundance, peace and fulfillment.
  • Dada M. Maglajlic’ (Croatia/US) takes a look at Klopf’s  approach to personal culture at an individual level, explores three different models of meta-ethics, and suggests a creative model anchored in years of research and teaching.
  • Sonia Jackson (UK) reminds us that we live in an increasingly risk-aversive society; the study of risk has become a major field of study across many disciplines. This article explores the relevance of understanding risk and human behavior in a social work context.
  • Cindy Dell Clark (US) shares results of her extended ethnographic research with forty-six American children ages 5-8 with asthma and/or diabetes. In her own words, “Children used fantasy-based play as a means of reassurance about painful treatments, worrisome symptoms, and as a compensation for the powerlessness of illness and treatment.”
  • Caroline Bourke (UK) states in her lecture/article that violence within families presents an increasing social problem within British society; until recently it has been perceived as a private, domestic issue, and British law did little to address the problem. This article primarily deals with the risk children are exposed to within violent families.
  • Caroline Littlechild (UK) explores the recent shift related to adoption: from a historically hidden/adoptive parents-focused and private activity to a very important program, offering permanent family life for troubled children.
  • Under the supervision by their Professor, Dr. Peter Erath, two students from a Catholic University in Eichstaett, Germany—Birgit Dummer and Rita Brodwolf—explore the German perspective of handling the risk according to four different theories.

Germany has an established tradition within our school: almost every year colleagues from Germany (Erfurt, Eichstaett, and several other places) bring a large number of students as presenters and/or participants. These wonderful young colleagues continue to participate in our academic program as diploma social workers and/or social pedagogues. This is a great example to follow, especially now when the IUC is putting a particular  emphasis on wider student involvement! Our appreciation goes to all the colleagues from Germany for providing excellent leadership. Equal appreciation goes out to all the course directors for their contribution to the School and Journal, and to all the 2004 Academic Program participants who evaluated the lectures and helped us maintain a high quality.

Dada M. Maglajlic’
Editor
Bemidji, December 2004.

 

 

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