Expect the unexpected: International short-term study course pedagogies and practices

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  • Given the United States' population changes and the increasing impact of globalization, international context and experience in the MSW curriculum are essential. Gaining popularity as a vehicle for such experience are short-term international courses, defined as educational trips outside the United States lasting from 1 to 3 weeks. To achieve desired outcomes, courses must include both strong course curriculum and pedagogical approaches that support learning from experience and critical reflection. In this article, we describe our short-term international MSW school-supported course methodology. We use three critical incidents to illustrate tensions and challenges inherent inMSWstudy abroad programs. Finally, we offer three pedagogical approaches to deepen and enhance learning in short-term international courses: experiential learning, transformative learning, and decolonizing pedagogy. Copyright © Council on Social Work Education.
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  • Roholt RV; Fisher C
  • Start Page

  • 48
  • End Page

  • 65
  • Volume

  • 49
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  • 1