Indigenous social work administration

Albert, Jason (2017) Indigenous social work administration. Doctoral (PhD) thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This qualitative study, working from an Indigenous perspective, sought to determine the content and pedagogical process of teaching Indigenous social work administration. Questions for this study centered on Indigenous culture, Indigenization, and the importance of administration in social work for students in Indigenous social work education. There is a lack of information in the literature on Indigenous social work administration. Current administration literature provides a western viewpoint and does not take into consideration the Indigenous approach and worldview. An Indigenous philosophical and methodological approach framed a participatory action research approach to the topic; eleven Indigenous leaders, managers, and academics in Canada were interviewed, along with a focus group of Indigenous academics to determine what content and pedagogical approach needs to be included when teaching Indigenous social work administration. The data in this study reveals four core themes. First, the curriculum content of Indigenous social work administration is discussed. Second, the experiences of Indigenous administrators in Canada and problems they have encountered are presented. Third, the pedagogical processes of Indigenous social work administration are discussed. Finally, the role of culture is presented and the importance of an Indigenous perspective is discussed. Current Indigenous administrators do not have an Indigenous framework for practice; they are relying on a western approach that does not represent their reality. This study offers an Indigenous framework that can be used in Indigenous organizations and communities, and in future Indigenous administration positions.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral (PhD))
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/13006
Item ID: 13006
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-161).
Keywords: Indigenous Social Work Administration
Department(s): Social Work, School of
Date: October 2017
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Social work administration -- Study and teaching; Social work with indigenous peoples -- Administration -- Study and teaching

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