Pacific epistemologies in professional social work practice, policy and research

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Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, ISSN: 0218-5385, Vol: 26, Issue: 4, Page: 191-202

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Ravulo, Jioji J
Informa UK Limited
Social Sciences; epistemologies; professional; pacific; social; research; work; practice; policy; Education; Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Utilising traditional cultural perspectives is an important lens towards developing a platform to create effective social work practice, policy and research. Through this relevant and realistic cultural context, social work as a profession may strive to interface more appropriately with individuals, families and the community. This article examines Pacific epistemologies, and the experiences of eight Western Sydney University social work students who have completed a three-month placement within the islands of Fiji and Samoa; and their reflections on the differences between Western and Pacific epistemologies and respective methods of intervention.