Social work students' feedback about students' suitability for field education and the profession

Zuchowski, Ines, Watson, Sally, Dickinson, Tracey, Thomas, Nicole, and Croaker, Sandra (2019) Social work students' feedback about students' suitability for field education and the profession. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 31 (2). pp. 42-56.

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Many students successfully complete placement while for a minority of students placement may be a time when questions are asked about suitability for placement and professional practice. Research undertaken with final year social work students examined their ideas about suitability and unsuitability for field education and practice and presented them with a model developed with field educators in an earlier phase of the research. The aim of the study was to incorporate students’ understanding into the discourse of suitability/unsuitability to further develop a suitability/unsuitability model for collaborative discussions between students, educators and supervisors.

Twenty-eight students responded to an online survey. The results show that students identify a critical understanding of self, skills, knowledge, attitudes and contextual factors as important in assessing students’ suitability for field education. Identified indicators of ‘unsuitability’ included lack of preparedness to learn, lack of capacity to demonstrate an understanding of professional values and ethics and inability to maintain professional boundaries or demonstrate basic practice skills. Students overwhelmingly supported the use of the presented model and made suggestions for further development of the model. The discussion emphasises the importance of using a pedagogically informed formative assessment strategy in a timely manner to address professional suitability with students.

Item ID: 58754
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2463-4131
Keywords: field education; suitability; students; assessment; values and ethics; social work education; social work practice.
Copyright Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2019 23:49
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440999 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 @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 50%
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