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dc.contributor.advisor Sithole, S. L. Mmadi, Pontsho James. 2019-02-11T12:45:52Z 2019-02-11T12:45:52Z 2018
dc.description Thesis (M.A. (Social Work)) --University of Limpopo, 2018 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper examines factors militating against social workers’ endeavours to undertake postgraduate studies. The model of Maintaining Professional Competence was considered to guide the study with a sample of ten (10) participants who were all interviewed face-to-face in Driekop (Sekhukhune District), Limpopo Province (RSA). An interview guide was utilised in the foregoing. Content Thematic Analysis was used to make sense of the findings. The findings indicate that social workers’ aspirations to improve their qualifications are hampered by the following impediments: heavy workloads and family commitments; financial constraints due to meagre remuneration; lack of motivation and poor prestige of the profession fueled by little or no consideration of postgraduate qualifications by employers; and poor reading habits and lack of information on postgraduate sponsors. Despite the aforementioned barriers, social workers acknowledged the value of postgraduate education in their lives. Given these findings, the researcher recommends that: • Postgraduate qualifications in social work need to be incentivised. • Social work salaries need to be improved/commensurate with qualifications, and competitive incentives provided as well. • Social workers’ heavy workloads need to be reviewed. • Social workers need to make efforts to inculcate reading habits amongst themselves. • Social workers must strive to balance work and family commitments to make time for further studies. • Social workers as well as their employers should seek or source scholarships for post-graduate studies. en_US
dc.format.extent xiii, 118 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires PDF en_US
dc.subject Social workers en_US
dc.subject Driekop en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Continuing education. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Social workers, Black. en_US
dc.title Factors undermining social workers' attempts at furthering their studies in Driekop, Limpopo Province, South Africa en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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