Preparing students for social work practice in contemporary societies: insights from a transnational research network

Laidlaw, Kirsteen, Cabiati, Elena, Henriksen, Oystein and Shore, Caroline (2020) Preparing students for social work practice in contemporary societies: insights from a transnational research network. European Journal of Social Work . pp. 1-12. Item availability may be restricted.

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This paper arises from a transnational research network investigating social work education. University based social work programmes from four European countries (Ireland, Italy, Norway, and the U.K.) shared a similar concern: how educators can support students to prepare for social work practice. The relationship between social work education and practice is not straightforward; the partnership between educators and practitioners in helping social work students to flourish in practice remains a complex and, at times, controversial issue. Furthermore, it is not enough to help students learn the mechanics of day to day tasks, it is also important to motivate them in becoming social workers stimulated by principles of human rights and social justice. With this in mind, each educator conducted a local study using qualitative and/or quantitative methods to explore what influences the development of such practitioners. Analysis from the studies indicate three key issues for social work education in Europe: developing strategies to help students in preventing and overcoming ‘practice shock’; the promotion of coherence as a way to bring into focus the complexity of the interrelationships between theory and practice; the active engagement of students and practice teachers in the evaluation and development of contemporary social work education models.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: European Journal of Social Work
ISSN: 1369-1457
Departments: Pre June 2020 Academic Departments and Services > Academic Departments > Health, Psychology & Social Studies (HPSS) > Social Work and Social Care
Depositing User: Christian Stretton
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2020 09:12
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2020 18:36

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