Peer-Learning Networks in Social Work Doctoral Education: An Interdisciplinary Model

J. Jay Miller, Jacquelynn F. Duron, Emily Adlin Bosk, Megan Finno-Velasquez, Kristin S. Abner

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Peer-learning networks (PLN) can be valuable tools for doctoral students. Participation in these networks can aid in the completion of the dissertation, lead to increased scholarship productivity, and assist in student retention. Yet, despite the promise of PLNs, few studies have documented their effect on social work doctoral education. This article explores aspects of an interdisciplinary PLN focused on child welfare. This study used a questionnaire with scaled survey items and open-ended questions to examine the use, benefits, and challenges to participating in the PLN. After a brief review of the literature, this article presents findings from the study, discusses the implications for social work education, and concludes by explicating strategies for developing PLNs in social work education programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-371
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2 2016

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© 2016 Council on Social Work Education.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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