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February International Newsletter for School Social Work

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Electronic Newsletter February 2012

Editor: Marion Huxtable
The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a US federally funded
program started in 1966 to serve as the archive of important documents related to
education. The ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services (ERIC/CASS)
provides a database specifically for professionals who provide student services. In 1994 a
group of representatives from the National Association of Social Workers (including
Isadora Hare, then the NASW senior staff associate for school social work) met with
ERIC/CASS staff and opened the way for school social work documents to be part of the
ERIC/CASS database.
ERIC is the world’s largest and most used archive for articles and other
documents related to education. It is an easy-to-use virtual library that is available to
anyone online. It provides access to:
• Documents such as research reports, curriculum guides, theses and conference
papers that may not be published elsewhere
• Articles from over 900 education journals from around the world
ERIC also makes it possible to submit reports or other products, even documents that
are not published in peer reviewed journals. Once your report is in the ERIC collection it
remains available to all indefinitely. Since it is easy to submit documents to ERIC, it is
possible to make information about school social work in all countries available.
So, consider sending your research reports, book reviews, curricula, bibliographies,
theses, conference papers, translations and articles to ERIC at

A translation is required if the document is not in English.
As an example of how the online library makes school social work information
available to a worldwide readership, read the Spring 2002 International Issue of the
Journal of School Social Work, the first international issue of a school social work
journal. The reviewers were from Australia, Finland, Ghana, Japan, Sweden and the US.
This journal was published by the Iowa School Social Workers Association, so the
international issue was probably read by a handful of people in the US and hardly
anybody outside the US. The entire issue is freely available on ERIC on pages 130 to 236
at Even if all the paper copies of the

journal issue were to disappear, it would still be available online to anyone, anywhere,

at any time. Below is a Table of Contents for this ten-year-old journal issue. Allow up to
four minutes for the pdf to load and read articles from Europe, Asia, the Middle East,
Africa and North America. These articles give perspective on what has changed in the
last turbulent decade and on issues that still challenge school social workers.

1. School Social Work: A Growing International Profession



8. Content, Experience and Dilemmas of School Social Work: A Message from Slovakia



19. Theoretical Aspects of School Social Work in Switzerland: a Pilot Project in
Secondary Education



35. A Pilot Project for School Social Work in Korea



47. The Impact of Family Structure and Family Function Factors on the Deviant
Behaviors of High School Students in Mecca City, Saudi Arabia



62. School Social Work in International Context: Two Colleagues Learn from Each Other



71. Community Networking for School-Age Children: The Glades Collaborative
Internship Project



83. Corporal Punishment in Schools in Ghana: A Social Concern



Book Reviews

95. School Social Work Worldwide edited by Marion Huxtable and Eric Blyth. Reviewed
by Gary Lee Shaffer

98. Zlata’s Diary by Zlata Filipovic. Reviewed by Dea Ellen Epley BirtwistleVolume11 #1 Fall 2000, Page 33 to page 40

Looking over my Shoulder

Marion Huxtable
Journal of School Social Work,

It is not often that we have the chance to read about the frustrations and
satisfactions of a life in school social work. You may catch your own reflection as you
look over the shoulder of a school social worker whose life work was down at eye level
with children. It was satisfying to be asked to write this article for people like you who
understand what it is like to work on keeping children in school, defending their rights
and helping them to reach their potential.


Marie-Antoinette Sossou


Sharon Singleton


Marianne Pennekamp and Heidi Pörschke


Mohammed M. Al-Garni


Han In Young and Kim Min Jung


Matthias Drilling and Dorothea Gautschin


Vladimir Labath and Boris Siroky


Marion Huxtable



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