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“What Are They Really Doing?” An Exploration of Student Learning Activities in Field Placement
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-18, 07:19 authored by Smith, D, Cleak, H, Anthea Vreugdenhil
Social work students consistently identify their field placement as having the most impact on their learning. Despite this, research on learning activities used during placement and the impact on practice competency and social work identity is limited. This is the second paper from a research study exploring student experiences of learning on placement. Data were gathered from 263 social work students about 14 key learning activities they experienced during placement. The more regularly students engaged in learning activities with their social work supervisor, the more likely they were to report a sense of social work identity and feelings of practice competence. However, the regular use of learning activities varied widely between placements. Surprisingly, approximately half the students did not regularly have the opportunity to observe social work practice, have their practice observed, or to link social work theory and the Code of Ethics to their practice with their social work supervisor.
Publication titleAustralian Social Work
Department/SchoolSchool of Social Sciences
Place of publicationAustralia
Rights statementCopyright 2014 Australian Association of Social Workers