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The Inside Story: a survey of social work students' supervision and learning opportunities on placement


Cleak, H and Roulston, A and Vreugenhil, A, The Inside Story: a survey of social work students' supervision and learning opportunities on placement, British Journal of Social Work, 46, (7) pp. 2033-2050. ISSN 0045-3102 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcv117


Practice learning accounts for half of the content of the bachelor of social work degree course requirements in Northern Ireland in their field education programmes and share a professional and ethical responsibility with practice teachers to provide appropriate learning environments to prepare students as competent and professional practitioners. The accreditation standards for practice learning require the placement to provide students with regular supervision and exposure to a range of learning strategies, but there is little research that actually identifies the types of placements offering this learning and the key activities provided. This paper builds on an Australian study and surveys social work students in two programmes in Northern Ireland about their exposure to a range of learning activities, how frequently they were provided and how it compares to what is required by the Northern Ireland practice standards. The results indicated that, although most students were satisfied with the supervision and support they received during their placement, the frequency of supervision and type of learning activities varied according to different settings, year levels and who provided the learning opportunities.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:field education, learning activities, practice teaching, student satisfaction, student supervision
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Pacific Peoples community services
Objective Field:Pacific Peoples community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Vreugenhil, A (Associate Professor Anthea Vreugdenhil)
ID Code:106233
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-02-02
Last Modified:2017-11-29

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