Integrating the Lessons of Informed Consent Throughout the BSW Curriculum: Research in Practice

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BSW students, ethics, informed consent, research, social work curriculum

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In social work and other applied disciplines, there is the growing expectation that undergraduates experience research within their studies. There are many ways to accomplish this. University and community-engaged scholarship activities and service-learning courses are two commonly used pedagogical approaches. We propose that this expectation can also be addressed through infusing and teaching the topic of informed consent throughout BSW courses. Informed consent is a practice issue as well as a research issue. In addition, preparing baccalaureate students to understand the ethical implications associated with the consent process is in line with client self-determination, a core value of social work.

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Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, v. 10, issue 2, p. 87-101