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Decolonising and indigenising attempts within tertiary education


Baltra-Ulloa, A and Vincent, K, Decolonising and indigenising attempts within tertiary education, Proceedings of the 2022 Teaching Matters Conference, 28 November 2022 - 02 December 2022, Online, pp. 1 piece- abstract. (2022) [Conference Extract]

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In this presentation, we detail how the social work discipline has redesigned its entire program around a decolonising and Indigenising pedagogy. We share the teaching and learning framework, how it promotes the examination of Western superiority and Whiteness in social work, and how it supports students to value the merits of decolonisation and Indigenisation. We focus on the learning and teaching practice in one particular unit within the Bachelor of Social Work with Honours and Master of Social Work (Qualifying) - HGW312/503 Social Innovation, Sustainability and Regenerative Social Work. We share how in this unit students are challenged to consider the impacts of grand challenges such as climate change and the ways social workers can respond by drawing from diverse knowledges relevant to the Australian context, including First Nations perspectives, international frameworks, and different terms of reference. We share how students respond to learning material that challenges their world view and asks them to wrestle with the uncertainty and discomfort this entails. Reflections from four years of teaching this unit will be shared, including an exploration of the triumphs and challenges involved in attempting to decolonise and Indigenise curriculum in a largely White context.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:decolonising, indigenising, social work, pedagogy
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Higher education
UTAS Author:Baltra-Ulloa, A (Dr Joselynn Baltra-Ulloa)
UTAS Author:Vincent, K (Dr Kate Vincent)
ID Code:155730
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Social Work
Deposited On:2023-03-09
Last Modified:2023-03-10

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