Racism unmasked: the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in social work field placements

Gair, Susan, Miles, Debra, Savage, Dorothy, and Zuchowski, Ines (2015) Racism unmasked: the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in social work field placements. Australian Social Work, 68 (1). pp. 32-48.

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Abstract

Attracting more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the social work profession is an important strategy in responding to Indigenous disadvantage. The literature suggests that the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, knowledge, and skills in social work is impeded by racism and white privilege. This article reports on a research project that aimed to explore the field education experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work students. Interviews were conducted with 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and graduates and their narratives were analysed through a collaborative process. Findings reveal experiences of subtle and overt racism as every day features of their placements. The findings highlight the need to address racism, the value of cultural mentors, and the necessity to increase the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academic staff in social work education.

Item ID: 34222
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: field education placements; racism; Indigenous; social work education
ISSN: 1447-0748
Funders: Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2014 04:58
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 100%
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