A national survey of Australian social work field education programs: innovation with limited capacity

Zuchowski, Ines, Cleak, Helen, Nickson, Amanda, and Spencer, Anna (2019) A national survey of Australian social work field education programs: innovation with limited capacity. Australian Social Work, 72 (1). pp. 75-90.

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Abstract

Social work field education programs globally are struggling to meet the demands of providing suitable placements for students and need to consider new and innovative placement models to both meet professional accreditation requirements and deliver high quality field education opportunities for social work students. This article reports on the qualitative responses of a national survey of Australian social work field education programs, which explored current challenges, innovative responses, and recommendations for the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS) review, as well as hopes for the future of field education, and their capacity to undertake research into this area. Findings suggested that field education programs have been using incremental innovation in field education, including collaboration, partnerships, and new ways of responding to the changing student body. However, it is argued that radical structural change and additional resources will be needed for innovation to be more than merely incremental.

Item ID: 53767
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0748
Keywords: field education; placement models; innovation; collaboration; field education programs
Research Data: https://research.jcu.edu.au/researchdata/default/detail/4ff3be609382fdb9502b8a511e354ec7/
Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 23:08
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%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 20%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930503 Resourcing of Education and Training Systems @ 40%
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