Cultural responsiveness in action: Co-constructing social work curriculum resources with aboriginal communities

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Bennett, Bindi, Redfern, Helen and Zubrzycki, Joanna. (2018) Cultural responsiveness in action: Co-constructing social work curriculum resources with aboriginal communities. The British Journal of Social Work. 48(3), pp. 808 - 825. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcx053
AuthorsBennett, Bindi, Redfern, Helen and Zubrzycki, Joanna
Abstract

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing have recently become core social work curriculum in Australian social work degrees and are regarded as central to decolonising Australian social work education and producing culturally responsive social work practitioners. Effectively teaching these knowledges, values and skills requires multiple strategies including the development of new curriculum resources which demonstrate the integration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing in practice. This article presents the theory and practice of co-constructing two filmed case studies with Aboriginal stakeholders which address a range of student learning needs. These powerful case studies are informed by Aboriginal knowledges and demonstrate the skills and values that the community state they want and need from social workers. Engaging in a community-led process provides social work educators with opportunities to build relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, thus modelling cultural responsiveness in action.

KeywordsAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; social work education
Year2018
JournalThe British Journal of Social Work
Journal citation48 (3), pp. 808 - 825
PublisherOxford University Press
ISSN1468-263X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcx053
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85043373761
Open accessOpen access
Page range808 - 825
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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