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What Makes Someone a Fan?

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It’s more than just ticket sales. Rich Luker, a social psychologist, studies fandom and why, for example, someone might get a tattoo of their favorite team.


China Social Work Professional Level Examination Pass Rates: Chronological Change and Regional Difference

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Research on Social Work Practice, Ahead of Print.
Purpose:China Social Workers’ Professional Level Examination (CSWPLE) intends to promote social work professionalization in China. It has been implemented for 10 years since 2008. The purpose of this study is to report participation and pass rates of CSWPLE and discuss the implications for social work professionalization and education in China.Method:This study drew data from the China Statistical Yearbooks and the China Civil Affairs’ Statistical Yearbooks from 2009 to 2018 and presented participation and pass rates of CSWPLE in this period from both chronological and regional perspectives.Results:A large number of examinees had earned the title of junior social worker or social worker through the examination. The fluctuation of pass rates and regional difference in pass rates were observed.Discussion:The implications for improving test development and future research on the connection between social work education and CSWPLE are discussed.


Gyorgy Konrad, Writer and Dissident in Communist Hungary, Dies at 86

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Mr. Konrad, known internationally for books like his novel “The Case Worker,” advocated individual liberty and played a prominent role after Communist rule ended.


Immanuel Wallerstein, Sociologist With Global View, Dies at 88

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His doctrine of the world-system, an influential theory in the field, went beyond tribes, nations and ethnic groups.


Training Second-Year MSW Students to Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competence

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Research on Social Work Practice, Ahead of Print.
Purpose:Cultural competency is a critical construct in social work education. This study investigated whether a grant-funded training program completed in tandem with second-year field placement and second-year Master of Social Work (MSW) curriculum could improve the cultural competence of MSW students.Method:Ninety-nine trainees completed the program over the 3-year grant period funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Cultural and linguistic competence was measured at the beginning and end of the training program for each cohort using a preexperimental design.Results:Findings suggest that MSW students saw improvement in their communication, values, and attitudes with respect to cultural and linguistic competence. Trainees did not report improvement on the Physical Environment subscale portion of the measure.Discussion:Results suggest that training can improve knowledge, values, and skills on cultural and linguistic competence. However, trainees may not have adequate authority to make an impact on the environment of their field placements.