Social work field education in Australia: sharing practice wisdom and reflection

Zuchowski, Ines, Hudson, Cate, Bartlett, Brenda, and Diamandi, Sophie (2014) Social work field education in Australia: sharing practice wisdom and reflection. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 16 (1). pp. 67-80.

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Abstract

This paper highlights current issues relevant for Australian social work field education preparation and delivery, and shares some of the challenges that impact on schools of social work in rural, regional and urban settings. Topics discussed include the neoliberal context of social work education, its impact, and issues for rural and remote, international and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student placements. The paper explores some existing models that have emerged as responses to current challenges and environments. It also stresses that, despite economic rationalism and the neoliberal context, Australian social work educators still need to provide quality experiences for social work students, their field educator and the field. The importance of engagement in discussions about the future of Australian social work field education is emphasised.

Item ID: 35002
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: field education; neoliberalism; diversity; international students, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; external supervision; use of technology
ISSN: 1329-0584
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2014 05:37
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 50%
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