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Who, and what, is odd here? De-naturalizing students' experiences of 'the other'

Furlong, Mark and Mansell Lees, Virginia 2006, Who, and what, is odd here? De-naturalizing students' experiences of 'the other', International journal of diversity in organisations, communities and nations, vol. 5, no. 6, pp. 147-156.

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Title Who, and what, is odd here? De-naturalizing students' experiences of 'the other'
Author(s) Furlong, Mark
Mansell Lees, Virginia
Journal name International journal of diversity in organisations, communities and nations
Volume number 5
Issue number 6
Start page 147
End page 156
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2006-05
ISSN 1447-9532
1447-9583
Keyword(s) diversity
social work
social work - teaching
diverse and marginalized populations
Summary This paper reviews a teaching process that aimed to prepare final year social work students for critical practice with diverse and marginalized populations. Alongside lecture input, in small group discussions and in the two sequenced written assignments students were encouraged to personalize questions of bias and stigma by recalling both their experiences of being ‘other-ed’ as well as their participation in practices that ‘other-ed’, such as racist and homophobic imaging and acting. Feedback to the unit's first iteration in 2004 was generally positive yet a significant minority of students were clearly dissatisfied. Whilst retaining the same formal content in 2005, greater attention was devoted to generating a supportive group process and a positive environment for ‘negative’ self-disclosure. This milieu acted to contain and normalize the students' struggle with internalized stereotypes, a stage associated with their greater preparedness to identify and challenge their own personal, cultural and ideological locations. Within the context of the unit remaining explicit about its value stance, by adopting an approach to the teaching/learning process that neither collided nor colluded we believe the 2005 revision better achieved the units aims. First, the unit received broader positive appraisal from students and, second, it appeared that the unit more firmly promoted the prospects for students carrying forward a capacity for critical self review post graduation.
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Language eng
Field of Research 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Common Ground
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042525

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