Making sense of the social work field education liaison role and impacts of neoliberalism: an invitation to reflect and reimagine!

Carrington, Ann (2022) Making sense of the social work field education liaison role and impacts of neoliberalism: an invitation to reflect and reimagine! Social Work Education. (In Press)

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Abstract

The social work field education liaison role is fraught with tensions, contradictions and role ambiguity, causing confusion about the role, functions and responsibilities of the liaison across individual staff, students and universities, resulting in students’ divergent experiences and liaison staff floundering in the mire of uncertainty. As an academic, my experiences of undertaking the liaison role across different institutions observing colleagues fulfilling the role differently and managerial changes to resourcing prompted me to review the literature further to develop understanding of the role and to inform my practice. A thematic literate review was conducted in which 36 academic articles were reviewed, excerpts collated, coded and analyzed. Six themes emerged and are explored in this piece: signature pedagogy and the importance of the liaison role; under-researched and ambiguous; roles, functions and responsibilities; a conduit of the university and governing bodies; the neoliberal managerialist context and a call to revitalise the liaison role. Further, reflections on how reviewing the literature informed my practice are shared. It is hoped this paper will provide an exploration of the liaison role that will invite others to engage in a reflective process and to begin reimagining how they fulfill the role.

Item ID: 73303
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1470-1227
Keywords: Social work liaison, liaison faculty, liaison role, field education liaison, neoliberalism
Copyright Information: © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social Work Education on 11 March 2022, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02615479.2022.2050203.
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2022 07:33
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440999 Social work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1699 Other education and training > 169999 Other education and training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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