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August 12, 2020 48 min
Today my guest is Dara Sampson, a Social Worker, Teacher and Researcher. Dara uses fiction, and other literature, in her social work teaching. Her creative and innovative “book club” approach, which she used as her form of action research for her PhD encourages and supports a safe and comfortable context for students to develop empathy, critical thinking and interpersonal skills. Dara’s approach, which she has used in her teaching over a six year period also facilitates students’ exploration of potentially complex and challenging social work theories, ideas and issues including ethics, values, grief and loss, social disadvantage, equity, social justice, race and other discrimination, child protection and issues related to gender. With social work theories spontaneously emerging and safely interwoven into collegial conversations, students are then able to place these conceptual and theoretical ideas into a story, into their own experiences of that story and into their application to real life. Links: Written on the Body (Jeanette Winterson) Levels of Life (Julian Barnes) Eating Fire (Margaret Atwood) Morning in the Burned House (Margaret Atwood) One Hundred Years of Dirt (Rick Morton) Blue Nights (Joan Didion) H is for Hawke (Helen McDonald) Grief is the Thing with Feathers (Max Porter) Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card) A Darker Shade of Magic (V. E. Schwab) Dyschronia (Jennifer Mills) Jasper Jones (Craig Silvey)
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