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School social work: A school-based field placement

Testa, Doris (2011) School social work: A school-based field placement. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Review, 23 (4). pp. 14-25. ISSN 1178-5527

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Abstract

This article addresses the placement of social work students in a non-traditional social work setting: the Victorian Catholic primary school. Considering the different elements of field education placements, this article discusses how a field education placement was purposefully structured to guide the social work student through the process of integrating theory and practice. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative data, the article describes the structure of the placement and how respondents viewed the success or otherwise of the orientation activities, opportunities to integrate theory with practice, the development of practice skills, supervision and the development of school/university partnerships. The data indicated that a purposefully structured placement which provides students with a variety of learning opportunities and which is supported by clearly focused supervision are key contributors to the success of school-based field education placements.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID23930, social work, health promoting schools, teaching, learning, field education, Victorian Catholic primary school, university partnerships
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
SEO Classification > 9301 Learner and Learning
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2012 04:19
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2012 04:19
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9263
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