A Case Study for Social Work Students: working with Indigenous communities

Forbes, Amy (2015) A Case Study for Social Work Students: working with Indigenous communities. JCNN.

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A social work case study on working with the Aboriginal community, and capturing student discussions and exchange led by Indigenous elder.

For the social worker, working in indigenous communities can be quite a challenge. It has been common practice in social work education to present the student with a folder of case studies from which to learn. Bu today's students prefer and thrive on more stimulating learning materials such as videos. Combining the use of case studies and transforming these into video form that demonstrates student engagement student engagement is one way of showcasing the positive effect of producing blended learning materials for classroom use.

Research Statement

Research Background This non-traditional research output explores the efficacy of transforming traditionally print-oriented case studies used in social work education and training. JCU offers a subject called WSWS2121 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander skills and frameworks'. It is a response to student demand for more engaging, visual and accessible material from which to work from. For the social worker, it is important that they learn to work with, rather than for, communities to increase their capacity and ability to find their own solutions to problems.
Research Contribution The work represents delivering a curriculum and assessment task that prepares students to uphold social justice, and enable them to become life long learners ready to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Research Significance This material is used regularly in the Social work subject WSWS2121 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander skills and frameworks'. This subject reinforces the imperative that graduates must work in solidarity with Aboriginal peoples, recognising their strengths but also the life circumstances and social injustices they have experienced.
Item ID: 45911
Item Type: Other
Media of Output: Digital video
Keywords: social work, case study, indigenous, child protection
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2016 01:33
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 10%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 40%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 70%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 30%
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