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Getting it right in the mix : teaching social work practice skills inclusively to diverse student groups

Goldingay, Sophie 2012, Getting it right in the mix : teaching social work practice skills inclusively to diverse student groups, Journal of social inclusion, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 101-116.

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Title Getting it right in the mix : teaching social work practice skills inclusively to diverse student groups
Author(s) Goldingay, Sophie
Journal name Journal of social inclusion
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 101
End page 116
Total pages 16
Publisher Griffith University : School of Human Services and Social Work
Place of publication Meadowbrook, Qld.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1836-8808
Keyword(s) inclusion
cultural competency
skills teaching
pedagogies
curriculum development
diversity
Summary Social work has traditionally attracted a diverse mix of students with varying levels of academic preparedness and practice skill experience. Current trends in higher education indicate the possibility of further challenges for academic staff in social work as universities seek to both widen participation from university graduates and, at the same time, prioritise practice and academic excellence among students. Drawing on reflective journal entries by the author, this paper examines the challenges that social work academics might face in teaching social work practice skills effectively to the increasingly diverse student cohorts enrolled across Bachelor and Masters of Social Work (Qualifying) degrees. The reflective process adopted in this study explores the gaps between the author’s intentions and the reality of the classroom experience. Key observations included language barriers impeding engagement with the material and cultural differences in relating to others and conceptualising practice. These problems were apparent in both the process of delivery (pedagogy) and content (curriculum). The reflective process highlighted the need for further research in order to optimally respond to the diversity in social work education.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Griffith University, School of Human Services and Social Work
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