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    Starting a conversation about racism with teenagers: using the social work research Dialogue Approach

    Wilson, Elaine and Flanagan, Niamh and Benson-Olatunde, Tonye and Spillane, Helen and Buckley, Polly and Squires, Annabel and Wilson, Anna and Woods, Christopher and Delaney, Conor and Jones, Daniel and Johnston, Harry and Stapleton, Isabel and Chapman, Jake and Zheng, jun Wang and O’Brien, Killian and Heaney, Laura and Wu Allen, Lucy and Byrne, Natalia and Tweed, Oliver and Cockerill, Ross and Burnham, Sam and Pagano Mariano, Sophia and Reinecke, Tadhg and Sharkey, Tara and Browner, Tim and Bond, Toby and Bulynionak, Xenia (2023) Starting a conversation about racism with teenagers: using the social work research Dialogue Approach. European Social Work Research, 1 (2). pp. 199-215. ISSN 2755-1768

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    Increased migration over the last two decades has resulted in greater diversity within Irish society. There is much debate around multiculturalism, diversity and integration, and how this is best achieved. As microcosms of society, schools have also experienced substantial growth in diversity. Over 90 per cent of second-level schools in Ireland record migrant students on their roll, with between 2 and 9 per cent of the school populations being migrant students. Moreover, research indicates that not only do teachers often struggle with increased diversity in the classroom but racism and inclusion are also not adequately addressed through the curriculum. Although Ireland sometimes prides itself on being a friendly and welcoming nation, racism is noted as a persistent issue. This article explores the topic of racism with teenagers in an Irish school, using the social work Dialogue Approach. This co-created study examines how students and teachers conceptualise racism and its impact. It is argued that exploring attitudes and encouraging dialogue among young people about the impact of racism and exclusion is fundamental to social work values.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: social work Dialogue Approach; racism; co-created research; social work education and students;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Applied Social Studies
    Item ID: 18400
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    Depositing User: Niamh Flanagan
    Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2024 10:42
    Journal or Publication Title: European Social Work Research
    Publisher: Policy Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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