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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student experiences in social work field education

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Title
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student experiences in social work field education
Type
Dataset
Date Record Created
2018-11-06
Date Record Modified
2018-11-07
Language
English
Coverage
Date Coverage
2011 to 2011
Time Period
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Geospatial Location
  • Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Description
Descriptions
  1. Type: full

    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  research project  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.

    The dataset deposited includes the transcripts of the qualitative interviews with the participants and the themes from the focus group interview.

     

  2. Type: note

    Data consists of 16 files saved in both MS Word (.doc and .docx) and PDF formats and stored in 2 zip files in the secure section of the Tropical Data Hub (TDH) archive.

Related Publications
  1. 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.
    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.
  2. 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.
    Accepted Author Version (Green Open Access)
  3. Zuchowski, Ines, Savage, Dorothy, Miles, Debra, and Gair, Susan (2013) Decolonising field education: challenging Australian social work praxis. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 15 (1). pp. 47-62.
    Social Work's contribution to Australia's legacy of colonisation, the Stolen Generation and ongoing child welfare interventions, may make entering the profession a contentious issue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Yet the profession is poorer for their absence, and closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous social work graduates is a quest aligned with social justice, and with social work as a human rights profession. Field education is considered a significant and important process through which students are socialised into the profession. Questions arise about how professional enculturation might occur for Indigenous students as they put theory into practice, when this theory and practice derives from dominant western frameworks. In this article we present findings from research exploring the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work and welfare students in field placements. The findings identify racism as ever-present, highlight the impact of Eurocentricsm on practice, and reveal the disregard of Aboriginal cultural ways of helping and the potential for disempowerment. These findings have implications for social work praxis and social work education. Recommendations for improved practice and further research are made.
  4. Miles, Debra, Zuchowski, Ines, Savage, Dorothy, and Gair, Susan (2014) Strengthening the cultural wellbeing of indigenous social work students: confronting racism and promoting cultural safety and respect. In: Abstracts from the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2014: promoting social and economic equality, p. 85. From: Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2014: promoting social and economic equality, 9-12 July 2014, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
    Conference Abstract
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People
Creators
  1. Managed by: Dr Ines Zuchowski , ines.zuchowski@jcu.edu.au , Social Work
  2. Managed by: A/Prof Susan Gair , susan.gair@jcu.edu.au , Division of Tropical Environments & Societies, Social Work
  3. Associated with: A/Prof Debra Miles , debra.miles@jcu.edu.au , Division of Tropical Environments & Societies, Social Work
Primary Contact
Dr Ines Zuchowski, ines.zuchowski@jcu.edu.au
Supervisors
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Collaborators
  1. Mrs Dorothy Savage
Subject
Fields of Research
  1. 1607 - Social Work (1607)
Socio-Economic Objective
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Keywords
  1. field education
  2. social work
  3. Aboriginal people
  4. Torres Strait Islander people
  5. racism
Research Activity
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Research Themes
People and Societies in the Tropics
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Access Rights/Conditions
Dataset contains confidential or sensitive information. No access to data is permitted. Contact data manager for more information.
Type
restricted
Rights
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Data
Data Location
Online Locations
Stored At
Transcripts of qualitative interviews and themes from the focus group interview are stored in the secure data section of the Tropical Data Hub (TDH) archive - eResearch Centre, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Citation
Cite:
Zuchowski, I.; Gair, S.; Miles, D. (2018). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student experiences in social work field education. James Cook University. (dataset). 6b0a6ca70630b9a1024b7a43adfad869