Social Work in Africa: Exploring Culturally Relevant Education and Practice in Ghana

Social Work in Africa: Exploring Culturally Relevant Education and Practice in Ghana

By Haluk Soydan
Book Description

Social Work in Africa offers professors, students, and practitioners insight concerning social work in the African context. Its purpose is to encourage examination of the social work curriculum and to demonstrate practical ways to make it more culturally relevant. Drawing on her experience as a social work instructor in Ghana with field research conducted for her doctoral thesis, author Linda Kreitzer addresses the history of social work in African countries, the hegemony of western knowledge in the field, and the need for culturally and regionally informed teaching resources and programs. Guided by a strong sense of her limitations and responsibilities as a privileged outsider and a belief that "only Ghanaians can critically look at and decide on a culturally relevant curriculum for themselves," Kreitzer utilizes Participatory Action Research methodology to successfully move the topic of culturally relevant practices from rhetoric to demonstration. Social Work in Africa is aimed at programs and practise in Ghana; at the same time, it is intended as a framework for the creation of culturally relevant social work curricula in other African countries and other contexts.

Table of Contents
  • OA Page
  • Cover
  • Africa: Missing Voices Series
  • Copyright Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Adinkra Symbols
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Situating the Context
  • Prologue
  • I. Historical Context
  • A. Historical influences affecting social work education in Africa
  • B. Institutions affecting social work education in Africa
  • C. History of social work in Ghana
  • D. Conclusion of chapter
  • II. Cultural Identity
  • A. African culture and identity
  • B. How Africa‚Äôs history has influenced African cultural identity
  • C. African cultural identity today
  • D. Cultural identity and social work
  • E. Conclusion of chapter
  • III. Hegemony of Western Knowledge
  • A. Imperialism and education
  • B. Hegemony of knowledge
  • C. Western knowledge and social work education
  • D. Conclusion of chapter
  • IV. Neo-Liberal Policies
  • A. The rise of international financial institutions
  • B. Present economic issues in Africa
  • C. Consequences of neo-liberal policies
  • D. Social work and neo-liberal policies
  • E. Conclusion of chapter
  • V. Development and Aid
  • A. History of development theories
  • B. Social work and development
  • C. Conclusion of chapter
  • VI. Creating Culturally Relevant Education
  • A. Introduction
  • B. Recognizing the need for change
  • C. Using the Ghanaian context for a case study on curriculum change
  • D. The process of identifying culturally relevant curricula
  • E. Ghanaian Research findings
  • F. Conclusion of chapter
  • VII. The Future of Social Work in Africa
  • Appendix 1
  • Appendix 2
  • References
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Back Cover
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