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Title: Searching for a capacity building model in social work education in China
Authors: Ku, HB 
Yeung, SC
Sung- Chan, P 
Keywords: Capacity Building
Critical Pedagogy
Participatory Action Research
Oral History
Rural Social Work
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Social work education, 2005, v. 24, no. 2, p. 213-233 How to cite?
Journal: Social work education 
Abstract: This paper contains our reflections about our experiences in employing a capacity building model for training social workers to conduct community development work in rural China. Unlike the conventional approach to social work practicum, our approach advocates an educational practice of capacity building; not only for local people and learners, but for educators as well. It stresses that the educator should assume a non‐expert role in relating to his/her students so that the students will do the same with local people. We challenge the concept of the social work educator as an expert because it gives a teacher the power and authority to dominate students, which disempowers students during the learning process. In the same vein, we challenge the desire of social work students to become experts in rural development, which in turn disempowers local people from taking charge of the future direction of their lives in rural China. The capacity building approach subscribes to a critical pedagogy that calls for a re‐invention of self by challenging tradition and culture, and by developing academic knowledge, the habit of inquiry and critical curiosity about society, power, inequality, and social change.
ISSN: 0261-5479
EISSN: 1470-1227
DOI: 10.1080/0261547052000333144
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