Diversity Education and Spirituality: An Empirical Reflecting Approach for MSW Students

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The purpose of this empirical research was to investigate a postmodern approach of teaching spirituality diversity to Masters of Social Work (MSW) students. A modified reflecting team intervention was utilized as a way for MSW students to learn about spirituality diversity and awareness in the classroom. Results of this quasi-experimental design indicated that when a reflecting team format was utilized to discuss issues of spirituality development and diversity among MSW students they experienced less anxiety and increased personal levels of self-efficacy simultaneously. Ongoing research needs to explore if this pedagogy facilitates increased MSW understanding and awareness of belief system difference and if it can serve as a parallel process for students in the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-348
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


  • MSW students
  • diversity education
  • narrative theory
  • reflecting teams
  • spirituality


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