Using the concept of epistemic injustice and cultural humility for understanding why and how social work curricular might be decolonized

Anka, Ann ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7572-7317 (2024) Using the concept of epistemic injustice and cultural humility for understanding why and how social work curricular might be decolonized. Social Work Education. ISSN 0261-5479

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Abstract

The notion of decolonizing the curriculum is currently gaining momentum in Higher Education Institutions (HEI) across the world and in the United Kingdom (UK). Fuelled by the movements #RhodesMustFall, ‘Why is my curriculum White?’, and critical incidents such as the killing of George Floyd and the #BlackLivesMatter protests, campaigners for decolonizing the curriculum have all questioned the omission of other perspectives from dominant Eurocentric White curricula at universities around the world, including social work education. This paper reports the findings of a qualitative study that involved 20 in-depth interviews with social work academics, social work students and practice educators (field instructors) in an English HEI social work department about their perspective on decolonizing the curriculum in social work education. The concepts of epistemic injustice and cultural humility were used to examine the data. Findings suggest that social work education is not immune to the centering of a Eurocentric curriculum and White middle-class values and needs to change to embrace other epistemology. The paper concludes by arguing that the concepts of epistemic injustices and cultural humility are especially relevant for understanding why and how social work curricula might be decolonized.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: decolonising the curriculum,cultural humility,decolonisation,epistemic injustice,social work,yarning,education,social sciences (miscellaneous) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3304
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Research on Children and Families
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2024 18:28
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 18:28
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/94451
DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2023.2299245

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