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What can social workers learn from African proverbs?

Tedam, P. (2013) What can social workers learn from African proverbs? The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning. 12(1), pp. 6-21. 1746-6113.

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Abstract: There continues to be a call on social work education to incorporate diverse teaching and learning resources and strategies to meet the needs of its diverse learners. Proverbs tend to be well known metaphors, which are memorable and are passed on from one generation to the next, and exist in all cultures and in many languages. This paper presents an innovative and creative use of proverbs to facilitate this process, and provides students from different cultures the opportunity to understand and contextualise aspects of social work education and practice. The paper proposes the use of African proverbs to enhance learning for the growing numbers of African students of social work in England. It is hoped that the use of proverbs, which combine cultural heritage and literature as creative arts, will enable students to view the world of social work with an additional lens, making it relevant, interesting and meaningful. The proverbs used in this paper have been translated from various African languages into English. Writing from the perspective of a black female African social work academic, I believe it is important that black people are producers of knowledge and ideas in order to become a part of the writing of their own history.
Uncontrolled Keywords: African proverbs, African students, black students, creative arts, global social work, teaching and learning
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV11 Social work education
Creators: Tedam, Prospera
Publisher: PKP Publishing Services Network
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society > Social Work
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Applied Social Studies & Sociology
Date: 2013
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 6-21
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning
Volume: 12
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 1746-6113
Status: Published / Disseminated
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