Using audio-visual presentation to teach global mindedness in social work education


  • John Moriarty Queen's University Belfast
  • Janet Carter-Anand University of East Finland
  • Gavin Davidson Queen's University Belfast
  • Chaitali Das Jacobs University, Bremen
  • John Pinkerton Queen’s University Belfast



This paper considers the production of an audio-visual presentation of the experience of three students who participated in an exchange with a social work programme in Pune, India. We also describe the use of the video in a classroom setting with a year group of 53 students from a younger cohort. This exercise was intended to stimulate students’ curiosity about the international dimensions of social work and add to their awareness of poverty, social justice, cultural competence and community social work as global issues. Written classroom feedback informs our discussion of the technical as well as the pedagogical benefits and challenges of this approach. We conclude that the audio-visual presentation to some degree helped students connect with diverse cultural contexts, but that a complementary discussion challenging stereotyped viewpoints and unconscious professional imperialism is also crucial.

Author Biographies

John Moriarty, Queen's University Belfast

Research Fellow, Administrative Data Research Centre for Northern Ireland

Janet Carter-Anand, University of East Finland

Professor of International Social Work

Gavin Davidson, Queen's University Belfast

Senior Lecturer, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work,

Chaitali Das, Jacobs University, Bremen

Policy and Student Support Coordinator,

John Pinkerton, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work


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How to Cite

Moriarty, J., Carter-Anand, J., Davidson, G., Das, C., & Pinkerton, J. (2016). Using audio-visual presentation to teach global mindedness in social work education. The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 14(1), 19-37.