Mapping social work field education in the 21st century: a national survey of the Australian context

Cleak, H., and Zuchowski, I. (2020) Mapping social work field education in the 21st century: a national survey of the Australian context. British Journal of Social Work, 50. pp. 427-446.

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Abstract

Field education is a key curriculum component in social work programmes and students identify their placement as central to their transition to practice. Globally, changes in higher education, increasing complexity of practice and an increasingly diverse student body, are challenging field education programmes to meet these professional and resource challenges. This paper reports on Australian research which surveyed social work field education programmes in relation to staffing, supervision and other developments shaping social work field education. Twenty-four field education coordinators of 30 social work programmes completed the survey and the findings highlighted worrying trends including increasing student to staff ratio, insufficient social worker supervised placements, increased placements with external [off-site] supervision and employment of causal staff to undertake core tasks such as supervision and liaison. The results provide important benchmarking evidence which will resonate with the wider international social work education context.

Item ID: 60897
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1468-263X
Keywords: field education, practice learning, student placement, student supervision
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2019. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved.
Research Data: https://research.jcu.edu.au/researchdata/published/detail/4ff3be609382fdb9502b8a511e354ec7/
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2019 01:54
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160703 Social Program Evaluation @ 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 @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology @ 30%
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