Curtain down on Act One: practice learning in the first year of the new social work award

DOEL, M., DEACON, L. and SAWDON, C. (2007). Curtain down on Act One: practice learning in the first year of the new social work award. Social work in education, 26 (3), 217-232.

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The curtain has come down on the first year of the new social work degree in England. This paper presents the findings of a survey of social work educators in academic and practice settings to find out how practice learning in this year has been experienced and the shape of plans for the rest of the new degree. The paper reflects on the enormous diversity of arrangements for practice learning, in terms of patterns of delivery, assessment, funding, and service user and carer involvement. One pattern that is emerging strongly is a more experimental flavour to this first year, with new practice learning sites being developed, and the use of group arrangements to supervise and support students. However, there is also the potential for inconsistency in standards, especially in the ways that students are judged as 'fit for practice learning'. There are concerns that the new partnerships are increasingly driven by universities and colleges, with some agency partners unclear about what is happening and why. There are also indications that the postgraduate programmes will have less room for experimentation than the three-year undergraduate courses and this may become a source of divergence between the two routes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social work, education, practice learning, training, user involvement, assessment
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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Page Range: 217-232
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 01:01

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