ERIC Number: EJ1068538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Community-Based Participatory Study Abroad: A Proposed Model for Social Work Education
Fisher, Colleen M.; Grettenberger, Susan E.
Journal of Social Work Education, v51 n3 p566-582 2015
Study abroad experiences offer important benefits for social work students and faculty, including global awareness, practice skill development, and enhanced multicultural competence. Short-term study abroad programs are most feasible but typically lack depth of engagement with host communities and may perpetuate existing systems of power and privilege. We propose a model of community-based participatory study abroad with 6 components: (1) shared power, (2) co-learning, (3) reciprocal benefits, (4) empowerment, (5) community-grounded processes, and (6) sustainability. This model is community-driven and social change oriented, addresses power and privilege, and emphasizes fundamental social work values. We use a study abroad course initiative in Kenya to illustrate each principle, and we conclude with a discussion of implications for teaching and student learning.
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Social Work, Professional Education, Community Involvement, Models, Power Structure, Empowerment, Sustainability, Graduate Students, College Faculty, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya