Using a community development approach to reimagine field education during Covid-19

Bentley-Davey, Jo, Collingwood, Helen, Croaker, Sandra, Grentell, Melissa, Rytkonen, Finola, and Zuchowski, Ines (2021) Using a community development approach to reimagine field education during Covid-19. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 22 (2). pp. 56-68.

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This paper reports on an Australian online placement project that was put in place after face to face placements were stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020. James Cook University [JCU] social work students were offered the opportunity to participate in an online Community Connectors Project [CCP] based on an Asset Based Community Development model [ABCD] to complete their placement. Twenty students participated in the CCP. The values and principles of ABCD guided the project and meant that students were encouraged and supported to lead and design smaller placement projects responding to identified community needs. This article is collaboratively written by students, field education staff and a community partner.

Here we specifically report on the collaboration between one group of students and a community partner, working together to develop a domestic violence practice guideline for a Health setting. The article describes the context of the CCP, ABCD as a framework, the student leadership, the domestic violence project and the collaborative partnership. Our reflections consider students as knowledge brokers, challengers and enablers of collaboration and future research engagement.

Item ID: 64815
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1329-0584
Keywords: Covid-19; field education: research: students; collaboration; community development
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Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2020 23:28
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440903 Social program evaluation @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440901 Clinical social work practice @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 30%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 40%
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