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The art of not-knowing: Valuing diversity and intercultural competences in international social work education
International Social Work  (IF1.349),  Pub Date : 2021-12-29, DOI: 10.1177/00208728211065708
KR Anish, Stefan Borrmann, Ngan Nguyen-Meyer, Yan Zhao, Hilde Berit Moen, Weihua Liu

The article focuses on how international social work education can enable students to become culturally competent social workers. It follows the idea that the vital aspect of internationalizing social work education is not about structural prerequisites. Rather, it is in the specific role of intercultural perspectives and how these perspectives can be integrated into structural frameworks for internationalizing social work education. It is highlighted that the acceptance of not-knowing and not-understanding provides the basis of cultural awareness or global mindedness. Therefore, a model for the development of intercultural competence in social work is presented.