1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Field Education in the Global South

    454 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    454 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook provides an authoritative account of social work field education in the global south. It presents an overview of various aspects of theory and practice modules in the social work curriculum and advances in research in social work field education in the developing world through in-depth analyses and global case studies.

    Key features:

    • Discusses critical issues and new directions in the theory and practice of social work field education, challenges in field work education, decolonising field work training, developing competent social work graduates, aligning fieldwork with cultural practices in indigenous communities, the idea of clinical social work, and a comparative analysis of social work field supervision.

    • Integrates theory and practice of social work field education for students and teachers from diverse geographical and cultural contexts across the global south, including countries from South Asia and Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean, covering India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Georgia, Philippine, Turkey, Papua New Guinea, Eswatini, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana, Chile, and Barbados.

    • Brings together international comparative perspectives on field work education in social work from leading experts, social work educators, and social work professionals.

    This handbook will be an essential resource for scholars and researchers of social work, development studies, social anthropology, sociology, education, South Asian studies, and Global South studies. It will also be useful to educators and practitioners of social work in global institutions of higher studies as well as civil society organisations.

    Foreword by Marion Bogo

    Introduction: New Directions to Field Work Education in Social Work A Global South Perspective

    Rajendra Baikady, Varoshini Nadesan, Sajid S.M, and M. Rezaul Islam


    Part I: Developing Practice and Rethinking Perceptions: Field Education in South Asia


    1. Revisiting Praxis as a Model for Field Education in Social Work

    Febna Reheem, Sojin P. Varghese and Richa Bhardwaj


    2. Swastyayan, a Commitment: Fieldwork through Community Engagement

    Victor Narzary, Bibharani Swargiary, Riju Sharma and Alice K. Butterfield

    3. Impact of Competency-Based Field Work Practicum in Students’ Learning: A Case Study from Nepal

    Pradipta Kadambari and Nalini Lama


    4. Challenges Faced in Field Work: An Indian Perspective

    Deepshikha Carpenter


    5. Concurrent Fieldwork in Macro Practice: Cases from South Indian Context

    Kanagaraj S.


    6. Field Work in Social Work Education: An Account on Sri Lankan Experience

    Shamila Sivakumaran and S. Jeevasuthan


    7. Need for Decolonizng Field Work Training in Social Work in India

    Bishnu Mohan Dash


    8. A Critical Reading of Community Social Work Methods and Practices Employed within Urban Underserved Communities in Sri Lanka

    H. Unnathi S. Samaraweera

    9. Social Work Education and Practice in Pakistan: Mapping the Terrain and Missing Links

    Sakina Riaz

    10. Social Work Practice in India: In Search of a New Direction

    Poonam Gulalia and Chittaranjan Subudhi


    Part II: New Insights into Social Work Field Education in Developing Asia


    11. Practice Teaching in Social Work Master’s Degree Program: Fostering the Third Mission of Universities: A Case of Georgia

    Shorena Sadzaglishvili


    12. Fieldwork as a ‘Crucible of Practice’ in the Pursuit for Social Justice and Defense of Human Rights: The Philippine Context

    Gil ‘Jake’ I. Espenido


    13. Social Work Field Instruction in Turkey

    Eda Beydili Gürbüz, İlkay Başak Adıgüzel and Sinan Akçay

    14. Social Work Field Education in India and China: A Comparison

    Rajendra Baikady and Varoshini Nadesan


    Part III: Field Work Education in South Latin American Context


    15. Clinical Social Work in Chile

    Carolina Muñoz-Guzman, María Olaya Grau, Karla González Suitt and Valentina Garrido López


    16. Cultural Practices in Indigenous Chilean communities. New Findings for Social Work Practice

    Lorena P. Gallardo-Peralta, Julio Tereucán Angulo, Abel Soto-Higuera and Esteban Sánchez-Moreno


    17. Social and Field Work Abilities of Teaching Professors

    Claudia Reyes-Quilodran, Paula Miranda and Liliana Guerra-Aburto


    18. The Block Placement in Social Work Field Education: A Barbados Case Study

    Therese Odle-James and Letnie F. Rock


    19. Constructing a Culturally Relevant Social Work Curriculum in Papua New Guinea: Connecting the Local and Global in Field Education

    Dunstan Lawihin

    20. Social Work Practicum in Chile: The Role of Field Supervisors in a Neoliberal Context

    Daniela Díaz-Bórquez, Magdalena Calderón-Orellana and Rafael Araya-Bugueño

    21. Let Me Count the Ways: Multiple Discourses in Understandings of Readiness for Practice in Social Work

    Karene-Anne Nathaniel


    22. Mental Shortcuts: Representativeness Heuristics in Evaluations and Social Work Practice Assessment

    Karene-Anne Nathaniel


    Part IV: Developing Competent Social Work Graduates: African Perspectives on Field Work Education


    23. Contextualizing Social Work Fieldwork Practicum: Innovations, Challenges and Perspectives from Nigeria

    Uzoma Odera Okoye and Samuel O. Ebimgbo 


    24. Social Work Field Education in Africa: The Case of Botswana

    Lengwe-Katembula J. Mwansa


    25. Social Work Field Instruction in an Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Context

    Boitumelo Joyce Mohapi


    26. Fieldwork Practice in Countries with Recently Introduced Social Work Training: Lessons from Lesotho  

    Sophia Thabane, Pumela Nomfundo Mahao and Tšepang Florence Manyeli


    27. Social Work Field Education: A Comparative Study Between South Africa and Eswatini

    Boitumelo Joyce Mohapi, Felicity Besong Tabi and Zee Catherine Masuku

    28. Professionalisation of Social Work in Eswatini: A Comparative Study Between South Africa and Eswatini

    Boitumelo Joyce Mohapi, Felicity Besong Tabi and Zee Catherine Masuku


    Rajendra Baikady is URC Special Post-Doctoral Fellow and Senior Research Associate at the Department of Social Work and Community Development, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London, UK. 

    Sajid S.M. is a senior social work educator and Professor of Social Work at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India. 

    Varoshini Nadesan is Lecturer and Postgraduate Supervisor at the Department of Social Work and Community Development, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. 

    M. Rezaul Islam is Professor in Social Work at the Institute of Social Welfare and Research, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    ‘A valuable resource! It reflects the global diversity and cultural sensitivity of social work. In this handbook, contributing authors from Africa, Asia, and Latin America share their experiences in organising study placements and practice learning of students. The authors also discuss local models for field education under social realities of countries facing poverty, inequality and human rights violation, sometimes with insufficiently institutionalised social work as a profession. The text provides practical examples to guide the universities and social services. I consider that social work educators will find this reflexive book useful.’

    Tetyana Semigina, Professor, Academy of Labour, Social Relations and Tourism, Kyiv, Ukraine, and former Secretary of the International Association of Schools of Social Work

    ‘As a profession that requires direct contact with clients who may be vulnerable, disadvantaged and low resourced, being acculturated into the practice environment through field work is absolutely important. This global handbook on how field work is being organised in different socio-economic-political contexts is a unique contribution to social work education. This book is an invaluable contribution in field work in the Global South and I would strongly recommend it to all social work education programs as populations are moving around and the training under different cultural context should be world knowledge.’ 

    Cecilia Lai Wan Chan, Professor Emeritus, Department of Social Work & Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong