Australian social work students in Vietnam: the collision of cultural difference

Garrity, Peter (2011) Australian social work students in Vietnam: the collision of cultural difference. In: Noble, Carolyn, and Henrickson, Mark, (eds.) Social Work Field Education and Supervision Across Asia Pacific. Sydney University Press, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 115-144.

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Social work students undertaking their field education placements are meant to further develop their skills; integrate social work practices and principles as well as cultivate an individual professional identity beyond the backdrop of social work theory and knowledge. Four students from Cairns, Australia undertook their final field education placement in Vietnam, in which the complexities of difference between Western knowledge and understandings of social work and the realities of the cultural and contextual environment contrasted markedly. This study suggests many benefits are gained by social work students undertaking culturally dissimilar field education placements; for example, developing, adapting and integrating linkages between cultural difference and social work practice and/or knowledge, integrating cultural nuances influencing and/or changing the student's own social work knowledge base and by implication their practice of social work, and contextualising student’s own social work professional identity.

Item ID: 17987
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-920899-69-1
Keywords: social work; field education; Vietnam
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2012 23:04
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 70%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 70%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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