The MANDELA model of practice learning: An old present in new wrapping?

Prospera Tedam

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This article introduces the MANDELA model as a new and innovative tool for effectively engaging social work students of black African heritage studying on social work qualifying programmes across England and Wales. The article explores in depth this proposed model drawing upon initial feedback from two critical friends- a white male practice educator and a black African female third year social work student. The potential challenges and strengths of this model are examined, as well as guidance on its use and application within the practice learning environment. The MANDELA model draws upon existing strategies and adds a distinct and unique African flavour, whilst not losing its pedagogic relevance for lecturers, practice educators and students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-76
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Practice Teaching and Learning
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • anti-discriminatory practice
  • black students
  • diversity in social work
  • engaging black students
  • practice learning
  • social work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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