What makes a good placement? Findings of a social work student-to-student research study

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Title: What makes a good placement? Findings of a social work student-to-student research study
Authors: Flanagan, NiamhWilson, Elaine
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11180
Date: 20-Mar-2018
Online since: 2019-11-01T09:56:54Z
Abstract: SSocial work fieldwork placements are recognised as a key component of social work education. This article analyses the experiences of students who have completed one social work placement and examines what they felt was most effective in aiding their learning. The innovative methodology used for the research enabled first year students to design an on-line survey which they administered to their second year student colleagues. The first year students gained experience in designing and administering a piece of research, but also gained a greater understanding of what previous students have found assisted their learning on placement. This cross-sectional research surveyed accessed the 2014/15 cohort of year 1 and year 2 Masters in Social Work (MSW) students. Students reported how prepared they felt for placement and also who or what facilitated their learning on placement. Students’ perception of the volume of learning on placement was strongly correlated with satisfaction. It is argued that being able to clearly identify types of interaction that enhance students’ learning, leads to more positive outcomes for all involved in the placement experience.
Funding Details: University College Dublin
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Social Work Education
Volume: 37
Issue: 5
Start page: 565
End page: 580
Copyright (published version): 2018 the Authors
Keywords: Social workPractice placementPracticumPractice learningStudent experiences
DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2018.1450373
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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