Social work identity as represented in international academic context

Juha Perttula, Rasa Naujanienė, Paulius Godvadas, Juratė Gudliauskaitė-Godvadė, Gedas Malinauskas, Vytautė Užaitė


The article presents the research, the aim of which is to study how social work is reflected in the official academic documents (doctoral research plans) written by Lithuanian social work students who study for a doctoral degree in Finland, at the University of Lapland. The research material consists of 143 pages from 24 research plans received from 29 Lithuanian students. Content analysis was used to analyze the research material. The analysis reveals ten categories as representations of social work identity. Based on the results it is evident that looking for the way of understanding the nature of social work as work is crucial in early years of academic social work development. More comparative research is needed before national specificities of social work could be identified in Lithuania.


social work identity; doctoral studies; academic social work development

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"Social Work" ISSN online 2029-2775 / ISSN print 1648-4789