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Research field practice in social work education: integration of theory and practice through the use of narratives

Noble, Carolyn (2001) Research field practice in social work education: integration of theory and practice through the use of narratives. Journal of Social Work, 1 (3). pp. 347-360. ISSN 1468-0173

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Abstract

Summary: This article reports on a research project with final year social work students on placement from a University in Sydney which, as part of developing a more critically reflective pedagogy, asked students to write narratives about placement experiences. The richness of these narratives makes them useful for developing a critically reflective process for application in practice teaching, in both Australia and the UK, where critical reflection is increasingly being incorporated in the field placement curriculum. Findings: The use of narratives is found to represent a way of knowing and thinking that is particularly suited to identifying the issues which students on placement have to confront. Applications: Used in the context of a critically reflective framework, student-centred narratives provide practice-based teachers with an opportunity to develop critically reflective processes as part of curriculum scholarship; overcoming, rather than reinforcing, the potential division between theory and practice strands.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical reflection, integration, narratives, practice teaching, practice theory
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts-General
RFCD Classification > 370000 Studies in Human Society
FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
Depositing User: Ms Phung T Tran
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2009 12:25
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2013 16:13
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1830
DOI: 10.1177/146801730100100307
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