Susan Mlcek

Susan Mlcek
Charles Sturt University · School of Social Work & Arts

Doctor of Philosophy

About

22
Publications
3,142
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
79
Citations
Introduction
My research areas are: Whiteness studies; decolonising methodologies; Indigenous knowledges; cultural safety and responsiveness; cultural perpetuity
Skills and Expertise

Publications

Publications (22)
Chapter
The overpowering whiteness of everything is a process of erasure that has its historical genesis and contemporary perpetration in colonisation practices; whitewashing history and current events in order to rub out the subtleties of oppression on so many levels. For me as Māori, reactions to this process are juxtaposed between feelings of discomfort...
Article
Full-text available
This paper offers a critical analysis of existing literature on historical and contemporary gender dynamics in Australian social work education and practice. Analyses of gender dynamics and inequalities have the potential to illuminate pathways for inclusive social work education and practice, for both practitioners and people who access social wor...
Article
Full-text available
This paper explores the impact of self-reflective processes of staff at Charles Sturt University (CSU) while undertaking an online Indigenous Cultural Competency Program (ICCP). The ICCP was designed for completion by all university staff to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities. Staf...
Chapter
What is at the heart of developing a global perspective? Cultural sensitivity and the principle of reciprocity are central. At Charles Sturt University, the Wiradjuri phrase “Yindyamarra Winhanganha”—“the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in”—informs the way our social work international mobility programmes con...
Chapter
This chapter provides an overview of the range of study abroad programs offered to social work students at Charles Sturt University (CSU), 2010-2016. With several years’ experience facilitating these short-term programs and drawing on our research findings, we outline the impacts of these initiatives on students and host communities along with our...
Article
Māori living in Āotearoa New Zealand are strongly connected to their communities, through woven threads of genealogy [whakapapa], spirituality [wairua], language regeneration [Te Kōhanga Reo, and Kura Kaupapa Māori movements] and a distinctive Treaty of Waitangi [Te Tiriti ō Waitangi] legacy that informs relationships, expectations and guidance fro...
Article
The tree change phenomenon started around Australia from about 2003 and continues to this day, even into places like the Western Plains area of New South Wales. Relocating from the city to rural areas for a lifestyle change is attributed to this phenomenon. An ever-growing interest in post-compulsory education solutions that run parallel to this ch...
Article
Full-text available
This paper provides an exploration of building resilience for social work through the design and delivery of first-year university curriculum. Social workers involved in social justice/social change contexts require a high degree of resilience and ingenuity in being able to adapt to the profession's complexities. This is not a definitional or scien...
Article
In the delivery of social work education, how can we devise a relevant curriculum that addresses the development of cross-cultural competencies? Some of the assumptions that our students bring to their study programme (many already work in different parts of the human services profession) are premised on outdated ideas that have as their source pre...
Article
In this paper, narrative experiences are used to explore issues and practices of mana within a Māori New Zealand research context. On one level, mana is manifested through actions and behaviours of authority, prestige, influence, and power, and is rule-bound in traditional customs and protocol. However, in a taken-for-granted-world, where the diffe...
Article
This is a discussion paper about access to, and participation in learning opportunities for Māori learners in New Zealand, and Indigenous learners in Australia. Teaching and learning practice in three separate institutional education programmes—one in New Zealand and two in Australia—highlight the problematic nature of inclusion based on competing...
Article
Full-text available
Support for indigenous students must be relevant and specific to the community from which the students hail. It may therefore be a decolonizing experience. At Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (TWWoA) a necessary but exciting opportunity has arrived to address the pedagogies used in student support to determine whether they are traditional, colonized...
Article
Just as several authors have written about the limitlessness of globalisation, so too does the practice of paucity management reach across all boundaries of society. Its practice relates particularly to the way that rural community welfare managers, operate within an environment of resource poverty. Increasingly, the private sector creep of financi...
Article
Full-text available
In this paper we discuss our recently completed National Centre for Vocational Education Research project. Between us we visited 12 work sites encompassing five industries in NSW and Victoria. We interviewed supervisory and operative staff, collected artefacts relevant to the numeracy of chemical spraying and handling, and made ethnographic observa...
Article
Full-text available
This article presents a discussion of ideas about whiteness behaviours that are present in curriculum delivery. While culturally appropriate curriculum purports to address both content and delivery considerations relevant to Indigenous learners, there are planes of engagement that encapsulate white subjectivities which are both visible and invisibl...

Network

Cited By

Projects

Project (1)