AUTOETHNOGRAPHIC VIEW OF SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIAL WORK EDUCATORS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: HIGHLIGHTING SOCIAL (IN)JUSTICE

  • Nevashnee Perumal Nelson Mandela University
  • Roshini Pillay University of Johannesburg
  • Zibonele France Zimba University of Stellenbosch
  • Mbongeni Sithole University of KwaZulu Natal
  • Marichen Van der Westhuizen University of the Western Cape
  • Priscalia Khosa University of Stellenbosch
  • Thanduxolo Nomngcoyiya University of Fort Hare
  • Malebo Mokone University of Limpopo
  • Uwarren September University of the Westwrn Cape
Keywords: autoethnography, COVID-19, emergency remote online learning and teaching (EROLT), social work education, social work educators, social justice

Abstract

 COVID-19 has exposed the inequalities and polarisation of South African communities and institutions of higher learning on the continuum of privilege. As nine social work educators, we share our reflections on how we traversed the higher education space during the beginning of the pandemic, using an autoethnography lens, with the pedagogy of discomfort and critical social work theory as the threads in the complex tapestry of our stories. We describe our orientations as social work educators, the successes, challenges, and recommendations on reimagining and reframing learning and teaching in relation to student-institutional relationships, boundaries and support.

Author Biographies

Nevashnee Perumal, Nelson Mandela University
Department of Social Work
Roshini Pillay, University of Johannesburg
Department of Social Work
Zibonele France Zimba, University of Stellenbosch
Department of Social Work
Mbongeni Sithole, University of KwaZulu Natal
Department of Social Work
Marichen Van der Westhuizen, University of the Western Cape
Department of Social Work
Priscalia Khosa, University of Stellenbosch
Department of Social Work
Thanduxolo Nomngcoyiya, University of Fort Hare
Department of Social Work
Malebo Mokone, University of Limpopo
Department of Social Work
Uwarren September, University of the Westwrn Cape
Department of Social Work
Published
2021-10-20
Section
Articles