The aim of the paper is to present ideas to engage students in reflexive practice and prepare them for their work with diverse communities i.e. communities that are other than their own language grouping, birth country origin, colour, creed, religious or spiritual beliefs and or sexual orientation. This paper describes my understanding and approach to transformational learning and reflexivity. Following the introduction, I present explanations around the usage of concepts of reflexivity, positionality, privilege, situated knowledge and perceptions, and the intricate relationships between these concepts. This explanation is offered in the first instance as part of developing a practice in social work to build competencies. Later, I present examples from my teaching with subject matters that deal with social work practice with culturally diverse and linguistic communities. The curriculum utilised in one of my teaching units in a tertiary institution and how scaffolded its contents for the students to appreciate the day living of migrants and refugees in western societies is reviewed.
SOURCE: Venkat, Pulla. “Educating students to work with diverse communities –Building reflexive practice.” International Journal of Innovation, Volume 3, Issue 4, March, 2018.
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