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Promoting readiness to practice: which learning activities promote competence and professional identity for student social workers during practice learning?

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Roulston, A and Cleak, H and Vreugdenhil, A, Promoting readiness to practice: which learning activities promote competence and professional identity for student social workers during practice learning?, Journal of Social Work Education, 54, (2) pp. 364-378. ISSN 1043-7797 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2018 Council on Social Work Education

DOI: doi:10.1080/10437797.2017.1336140

Abstract

Practice learning is integral to the curriculum for qualifying social work students. Accreditation standards require regular student supervision and exposure to specific learning activities. Most agencies offer high-quality placements, but organizational cutbacks may affect supervision and restrict the development of competence and professional identity. Undergraduate social work students in Northern Ireland universities (n=396) were surveyed about the usefulness of the learning activities they received on placement for developing practice competence and professional social work identity. Results suggest that students most valued regular supervision, constructive feedback, observing social workers, and thinking critically about the social work role. Differences were reported across placements with students feeling disadvantaged in agencies where there was no clear social work role.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:social work education, learning activities, student social workers, practice learning, work placement
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Social Work
Research Field:Social Work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Education and Training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Vreugdenhil, A (Associate Professor Anthea Vreugdenhil)
ID Code:126254
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-05-31
Last Modified:2018-12-03
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