Implementing and evaluating an alternative model for training field work educators: a pilot study in Central Queensland

Taylor, Sandra, Mensinga, Jo, Casey, Jennifer, and Caldwell, Barbie (2008) Implementing and evaluating an alternative model for training field work educators: a pilot study in Central Queensland. Journal of Practice Teaching in Health & Social Work, 8 (1). pp. 51-73.

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Abstract

In conjunction with academic social work educators, fieldwork supervisors are significant and influential instructors of emerging social work practitioners. This partnership is typically enhanced by universities offering training for fieldwork supervisors to assist and support them in their important roles. This can be challenging however in flexibly delivered programs where supervisors may be located in areas distant from the universities with which students are affiliated. Further, within the current human services context particularly in rural areas, fieldwork education is becoming increasingly subject to a range of organisational and policy imperatives that have the potential to limit the capacity of fieldwork supervisors to proactively engage with social work education This paper describes a pilot project developed and evaluated in Central Queensland Australia which aimed to address some of these challenges. A multifacetted approach to training, mentoring and supporting fieldwork supervisors of social work students on practicum was developed and implemented across diverse organisational and geographical contexts. Findings of the evaluation and implications for fieldwork education are presented.

Item ID: 6664
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: social work; Australia; online support; field education; supervision; distance education; mentoring
ISSN: 1746-6113
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2010 01:58
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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