Consciousness raising, "conscientizacao" to Paolo Freire, means understanding of self and others. Students of the social work profession devote their professional and personal lives to raising awareness and, through this process, eliminating oppression. Teaching students how to raise their awareness levels and their consciousness can be both a frustrating and exhilarating challenge for the professor.
Barron-McKeagney, Theresa and Lee, Claudette, "Teaching Conscientizacao: Helping Social Work Students Raise Their Awareness Levels of Cultural Diversity" (1997). Social Work Faculty Proceedings & Presentations. 1.