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Title: Transferring knowledge and skills across international frontiers : the experiences of overseas Zimbabwean social workers in England
Author: Chogugudza, Crisford
ISNI:       0000 0004 8500 0295
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis explores the experiences of overseas Zimbabwean social workers in England in their quest to transfer the knowledge and skills acquired in Zimbabwe to England. The aims of the study were to analyse the knowledge and skills of overseas Zimbabwean social workers now working and living in England and their experiences in transferring these to practice, to analyse how globalisation processes have influenced the recruitment, knowledge, practice and integration of overseas social workers from Zimbabwe into the wider UK society, and to provide evidence about recruitment practices, the transfer of skills and knowledge, and challenges and opportunities faced by overseas Zimbabwean social workers in England. A Case Study design was employed in this study utilising a qualitative research approach as its methodological framework. Semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions were also used to explore the experiences of overseas Zimbabwean social workers. Semi-structured interviews and basic demographic questionnaires were used to collect data from 30 overseas Zimbabwean social workers based in two London boroughs and a Major City in 2013. Globalisation and its main dimensions were analysed and utilised in this research as a theoretical tool of analysis. The key findings of this case study are that study participants reported that they were able to transfer some basic social work knowledge and skills acquired from Zimbabwe to England with relevant adjustments. The study found that overseas Zimbabwean social workers had brought in what is perceived to be broader skill sets, which added a new dimension to the diversity and skills matrix of children's social care system. The perceived success of overseas Zimbabwean social workers in their attempts to transfer knowledge and skills from Zimbabwe to England confirmed a changing approach in the transfer of knowledge and skills from the global South to the developed North. This is a change from the traditional unidirectional approach where knowledge and skills have always transferred from the North to the South. However, the study found the existence of perceived barriers in transferring social work knowledge, values and skills fundamentally rooted in the social, cultural, political and legislative differences between Zimbabwe and England. The study recommends better recognition of the broader skills set of overseas social workers and their different work ethics, the creation of policies of inclusivity for overseas social workers, and for employers to design better, consistent and targeted induction and training programmes that can equip newly recruited overseas social workers with the necessary skills and support to help them integrate and function effectively in their practice posts.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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