Towards sustainability in Australian social work field education

Neden, Jeanette, Townsend, Rob, and Zuchowski, Ines (2018) Towards sustainability in Australian social work field education. Australian Social Work, 71 (3). pp. 345-357.

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Abstract

The educational framework of Australian social work field education has remained static over the past few decades. Emerging challenges are creating a compelling case for change. These include increasing demand for placements, declining capacity of organizations to provide placement requirements, reduction in practitioners’ incentives and capacity to support student placements and to facilitate a work integrated learning context, and an interrelated web of policies and regulations that constrain adaptation to these changes. In a critical exploration of multiple levels of regulation and policy contexts, we argue that conventional approaches to social work field education are not sustainable given significant changes to the funding arrangements for universities and within the welfare service system. To future proof integrative learning in social work, we advocate transformation of educational culture, policies, and design toward sustainability.

Item ID: 52263
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0748
Keywords: student placement; sustainability; educational design; transformation
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2018 05:42
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 > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930503 Resourcing of Education and Training Systems @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems @ 20%
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