Planting the seeds for someone else's discussion: experiences of task supervisors supporting social work placements

Zuchowski, Ines (2014) Planting the seeds for someone else's discussion: experiences of task supervisors supporting social work placements. Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 13. pp. 5-13.

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Field Education is pivotal to social work education and requires supervision by a qualified social worker. Student placements with external social work supervision are becoming more prominent, but are generally considered outside the norm and have attracted limited research attention. This paper presents the experiences of task supervisors who supported social work placements, a subset of data from a larger research exploring the experiences of key stakeholders in placements with external or off-site social work supervision in Australia. Task supervisors' perspectives have rarely been considered in research, leaving their contributions to social work education underexplored. The thematic analysis highlighted three dominant themes: the roles between task supervisors and external supervisors were not always clarified; task supervisors were actively engaged in the supervision of students, but did not necessarily have a relationship with the external or off-site supervisor; and task supervisors were not always involved in the student placement assessment. Participants emphasised the positives of placements with external supervision, but also raised a number of challenges.

Item ID: 39306
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1759-5150
Keywords: social work; field placement; external supervision; off-site supervision; student supervision; task Supervision
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Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2015 02:56
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 30%
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