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Creating space for a critical feminist social work pedagogy

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posted on 2018-01-01, 00:00 authored by Sarah EpsteinSarah Epstein, Norah HoskenNorah Hosken, Sevi VassosSevi Vassos
INTRODUCTION: The practice and teaching of western social work is shaped within the institutional context of a predominately managerial higher education sector and neoliberal societal context that valorises the individual. Critical feminist social work educators face constraints and challenges when trying to imagine, co-construct, enact and improve ways to engage in the communal relationality of critical feminist pedagogy.APPROACH: In this article, the authors draw upon the literature and use a reflective, inductive approach to explore and analyse observations made about efforts to engage with a subversive pedagogy whilst surviving in the neoliberal academy.CONCLUSION: While the article draws on experiences of social work teaching and research in a regional Australian university, the matters explored are likely to have resonance for social work education in other parts of the world. A tentative outline for thinking about the processes involved in co-creating a critical feminist pedagogical practice is offered.

History

Journal

AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND SOCIAL WORK

Volume

30

Pagination

8-18

Location

Christchurch, N.Z.

ISSN

2463-4131

eISSN

2463-4131

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers

Issue

3

Publisher

AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND ASSOC SOCIAL WORKERS