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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
JournalInternational social work
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 Sep 2022


This article explores the extent to which approaches to supervision developed outside of China fit with Chinese cultural approaches to learning and teaching. Qualitative data was collected from students and supervisors from three different regions in China. The findings suggest that a student-focused, egalitarian approach is fundamental to promote students’ learning at the current developmental stage of social work profession in China. This approach is in conflict to some degree with the deeply rooted traditional teacher-centred, authoritative teaching and learning style. This study illustrates how a student-focussed, equalitarian approach could be applied to alleviate such a tension.

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