Practice placement in social work: Innovative approaches for effective teaching and learning

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Bellinger, Avril, Ford, Deirdre
Policy Press, Jan 13, 2016 - Social Science - 236 pages
Involved in educating social work professionals? Overwhelmed and demoralised by the current climate of cuts to services and over-regulation? This unique book written by practice educators, students and academics offers hope. This collection of innovative approaches to social work placements addresses subjects including sustainability, student-led services, overseas placements, the value of the third-sector, supporting students from minority groups and the visual arts. The international and diverse contributions offer practical guidance and challenge conventional approaches to placement finding, teaching and assessment in field education. Written from a global social work perspective this is essential reading for anyone responsible for ensuring quality placements for future professionals.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Studentled services
5
learning from a distance
21
an independent social workers experience of practice educator work
39
4 Do you have to be white to pass this course? Developing support for black and minority ethnic students in a predominantly white area
55
building a gendered alliance
71
use of an artsbased method for critical reflection
87
reconnecting social work education as if the earth matters
103
8 Social media for students in practice
121
9 Developing placement capacity in the third sector
133
what difference does observer qualification make?
149
constructive responses to the erosion of training standards for practice educators
165
12 The concept of integrity in relation to failing and marginal students
181
social work education in practice and the academy
203
Index
215
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Avril Bellinger is a registered social worker who led the Centre for Practice Learning at Plymouth University. Founder and chair of the charity Students and Refugees Together (START), she actively maintains her commitment to social work education as social action. Deirdre Ford is a registered social worker and Lecturer in Social Work who gained the Practice Teaching Award in 1996. She has worked extensively with service user and carer groups in education and practice.

Avril Bellinger is a registered social worker who led the Centre for Practice Learning at Plymouth University. Founder and chair of the charity Students and Refugees Together (START), she actively maintains her commitment to social work education as social action. Deirdre Ford is a registered social worker and Lecturer in Social Work who gained the Practice Teaching Award in 1996. She has worked extensively with service user and carer groups in education and practice.

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