Finding the perfect match: pre-placement meetings in social work practice learning

Simpson, Diane, Mathews, Ian and Crawford, Karin (2014) Finding the perfect match: pre-placement meetings in social work practice learning. Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 12 (3). pp. 44-61. ISSN 1759-5150

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Prior to the commencement of a practice placement, a social work student will usually be invited to formally meet with their practice educator, and sometimes other members of the team, in their work setting to discuss a range of issues about the forthcoming placement. In the absence of significant research about these pre-placement meetings, this small scale study examined the understandings and experiences of social work students and practice educators regarding the role played by this meeting. Qualitative methods were employed to answer a range of questions, related to how the pre-placement meeting was used to aid decision making about the viability of the placement, participants’ perceptions of the meeting, and concerns about the process that needed to be addressed. Findings indicate that there are a variety of ways in which the meeting is configured and organised, understood and used. The implications for the organisation of social work practice placements are discussed.

Keywords:social work, social work practice, social work placements, social work degree, support for social work students, NotOAChecked
Subjects:L Social studies > L500 Social Work
L Social studies > L590 Social Work not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:13811
Deposited On:15 Apr 2014 10:13

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