Aspirations and Realities in Delivering Field Education in a Developing Country Context

Learning from Papua New Guinea

Authored by: Catherine Flynn , Dunstan Lawihin , John Kaupa Kamasua

Routledge International Handbook of Social Work Education

Print publication date:  April  2016
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138890237
eBook ISBN: 9781315712536
Adobe ISBN: 9781317495239


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The Asia Pacific region has seen considerable growth in social work in recent years (Noble, Henrickson & Han, 2013). This growth has been paralleled with increasing scholarship from larger countries such as China as well as from a range of smaller Pacific nations. The voices of Papua New Guinea social workers, however, are notably absent. The authors of this chapter include social work academics from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and Monash University (Australia). This chapter, reflecting on our collaborative work since 2010, which focused initially on research mentoring and curriculum development, allows us to share our learning about developing social work education which is relevant in both the local and global context.

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