Reading Between The Lines: A Critical Examination of Social Work Education in Vietnam Through The Eyes of the Educators
Tran, Carolyn Dawn
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The profession of social work in Việt Nam is rebuilding, and as a result, social work education is in a period of rapid change. However, the literature about social work in Việt Nam is sparse, and there is limited research describing social work education in detail or the perceptions of Vietnamese social work educators regarding the current state of social work education in Việt Nam. Việt Nam’s history of colonialism and professional imperialism within international social work points to the need for a closer examination of social work education in Việt Nam and the perception of social work educators to its current state. Utilizing critical theory as a guiding framework, critical ethnography as the research methodology, and thematic analysis, this thesis attempts to understand how social work education in Việt Nam was perceived by Vietnamese social work educators based on the current state of social education in Việt Nam.