Australian social work students' experiences of balancing study, work, and field placement: seeing it like it is

Gair, Susan, and Baglow, Len (2018) Australian social work students' experiences of balancing study, work, and field placement: seeing it like it is. Australian Social Work, 71 (1). pp. 46-57.

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Abstract

Completing tertiary studies can involve personal and financial sacrifices for some students. Equally, past and more recent research has highlighted financial pressures for students undertaking courses with compulsory field placements, although larger national Australian studies appear to be limited in number. In a recent study, a sample of 2,320 social work students from 29 Australian universities completed an online survey on the impact of low levels of income on students’ lives and study success. Here students’ qualitative responses reveal the burden of compulsory field placement, including significant financial constraints and changes to paid work hours that, in turn, adversely affected students’ wellbeing and jeopardised the completion of their degree. The purpose of this article is to illuminate social work students’ complex study realities in order to help inform future education, policy, and practice.

Item ID: 50840
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0748
Keywords: tertiary study; social work; field placement; paid work; poverty
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2017 04:02
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940116 Social Class and Inequalities @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 50%
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