Teaching ethnicity in social work education : teachers’ experiences in Sweden

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Teaching ethnicity in social work education : teachers’ experiences in Sweden
Author Lill, Linda ; Helene, Jacobson Pettersson
Research Centre Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM)
Date 2019
English abstract
The shifting demographics that come with migration and globalization have changed the settings for social work education in Sweden. To promote sustainability in a diverse society, strategies for inclusion and equality are essential in the development of core competencies in social work. One essential question is how social work education has responded to the demographic changes. The study aims to contribute with knowledge about how ethnicity is conceptualized in Sweden and to describe the impact the subject has on teaching forms and strategies. More specifically, the study investigates university teachers’ expressions of their teaching practices about the concept and addresses the faculty members’ narratives about the teaching situations. The study concludes that the lack of a coherent academic context for teaching ethnicity leads to the development of individual approaches by the teachers and a personalization of the issue of ethnicity in social work education. This creates a limitation on how structural elements come into play in relation to ethnicity, and in turn, leads to a shortage of a critical analysis of the construction of social problems where ethnicity plays a fundamental role. These circumstances precede theoretical perspectives on social problems related to ethnicity, migration, transnational relations, globalization, and racism.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2018.1539068 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Host/Issue Social work education The international journal;1
Volume 38
ISSN 0261-5479
Language eng (iso)
Subject Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/26714 Permalink to this page
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