The impact of ethnicity and phase in training on israeli social work students' satisfaction with the field instruction

Miriam Schiff*, Katalin Katz

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Students' evaluations of their satisfaction with their field instruction including their field instructors, agency, and learning opportunities have been the focus of earlier and more recent studies. However much less is known about students' satisfaction in non-English speaking countries. Even rarer are studies on how satisfaction differs among diverse ethnic groups and phase of training. This study focuses on the impact of ethnicity (Jewish and Israeli Arabs), and phase of training (second or third years) on the satisfaction of Israeli social work students with their field instruction. Some 742 second and third year students reported their satisfaction on a self-administered questionnaire. Third year students who had already completed two academic years of training were more satisfied with their field instruction than second year students. Arab students were significantly less satisfied with their field placement agencies. Second year Arab students were also less satisfied with their field instructors and their field instruction in general than second year Jewish students. The lower satisfaction might be true for other minority groups in Western countries and should be further investigated. We recommend increasing cultural sensitivity in the curriculum of social work education as well as preparatory workshops before the beginning of field practice.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)794-809
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Work Education
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2007


  • Arab Students
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Ethnicity
  • Field Instruction
  • Israel
  • Minority Groups
  • Phase of Training
  • Social Work
  • Students' Satisfaction


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