Cultural Responsiveness in Action: Co-Constructing Social Work Curriculum Resources with Aboriginal Communities

Bindi Bennett, Helen Redfern, Joanna Zubrzycki*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)808-825
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

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