Critical reflection: A response to neoliberal challenges to field education?

Morley, Christine & Dunstan, Joanne (2013) Critical reflection: A response to neoliberal challenges to field education? Social Work Education, 32(2), pp. 141-156.

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This paper explores the ways in which neoliberal thinking and practices have impacted upon Australian social work, with a particular emphasis on field education programmes. We outline a number of challenges that neoliberalism presents for maintaining quality field education programmes in social work and, within this context, explore the opportunities for social work educators to respond creatively by using practices informed by critical pedagogy and critical social work approaches. We do this by reporting preliminary findings from original research that examined the possibilities for critical pedagogy and critical reflection to deconstruct myths and counteract some of the consequences of neoliberalism. We position such critical practices as forms of resistance within critical social work programmes, to maintain and protect the integrity and quality of field education in contemporary social work programmes.

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ID Code: 98037
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Critical Pedagogy; Critical Reflection; Critical Social Work; Field Education; Managerialism; Neoliberalism, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2012.730141
ISSN: 1470-1227
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 16 Aug 2016 04:33
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2016 02:56

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