ERIC Number: EJ1179936
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Promoting Readiness to Practice: Which Learning Activities Promote Competence and Professional Identity for Student Social Workers during Practice Learning?
Journal of Social Work Education, v54 n2 p364-378 2018
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.
Descriptors: Career Readiness, Learning Activities, Professional Identity, Social Work, Experiential Learning, Undergraduate Students, Competency Based Education, Student Surveys, Student Satisfaction, Instructional Effectiveness, Student Placement, Student Attitudes, Cohort Analysis, Questionnaires, Relevance (Education), Supervisor Supervisee Relationship, Transformative Learning, Foreign Countries, Multivariate Analysis, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
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