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Creating spaces for emancipatory praxis with social work students in a diverse classroom context
Social Work Education  (IF),  Pub Date : 2021-10-03, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2021.1982888
Aina Lian Flem, Vishanthie Sewpaul, Anne Juberg, Kristin Viggen

ABSTRACT

Against neoliberal and new managerial pushes in higher education, educators have a responsibility to engage students in transformational learning and prepare them for the complex world of work. This article describes the use of emancipatory praxis by engaging students in identifying structural sources of advantages and/or privilege, and reports on the data obtained from the written and oral reports of undergraduate social work students taking part in a teaching session on critical reflexivity at a Norwegian University. The data reveal the power of emancipatory praxis in heightening consciousness of intersecting social criteria, such as nationality, race, gender, religion and sexuality in creating obstacles and/or access to power, status and resources. The article lends voice to the students and details their responses to the exercise.