Students’ suitability for social work: developing a framework for field education

Croaker, Sandra, Dickinson, Tracey, Watson, Sally, and Zuchowski, Ines (2017) Students’ suitability for social work: developing a framework for field education. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 19 (2). pp. 109-124.

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Abstract

Social work field education is a path of evaluating student suitability for the social work profession. This evaluation relies heavily on the field educator’s practice framework and interpretation of the professional standards of social work. The variable nature of this framework to guide evaluation can be problematic in providing guidance to field educators and students when problems emerge relating to the student’s conduct. This article presents an approach for discussing suitability and un-suitability based on the authors’ work with field educators.

The authors ran workshops with field educators exploring student suitability and unsuitability for social work. Based on this work they developed a model defining those terms and sought and integrated feedback from field educators, further refining the model that is presented here. Key considerations in determining suitability are a student’s willingness and ability to critically reflect on and address identified concerns. Assessing suitability for social work is presented as a joint endeavour of students, field educators and academic liaison people as key stakeholders that is steeped in professional values, ethics and standards.

Item ID: 51076
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1329-0584
Keywords: field education; supervisors; social work students; suitability; social work education
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 02:28
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 > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology @ 25%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 25%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 50%
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