Problems experienced by students on field placement: using research findings to inform curriculum design and content

Maidment, Jane 2003, Problems experienced by students on field placement: using research findings to inform curriculum design and content, Australian social work, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 50-60.

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Title Problems experienced by students on field placement: using research findings to inform curriculum design and content
Author(s) Maidment, Jane
Journal name Australian social work
Volume number 56
Issue number 1
Start page 50
End page 60
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2003-03
ISSN 0312-407X
1447-0748
Keyword(s) placement
stress
student
Summary Recent recognition of workplace learning from within the University sector has resulted in more emphasis being placed on including field experiences in course curriculum across a range of disciplines. This article begins with a short review of the literature relating to the current context in which work-based learning occurs. Next, selected findings from a survey of 39 Victorian social work students on their experiences of placement learning are reported. The survey focused on problems encountered by students on placement. A number of the problems students faced suggested the need for additional opportunities both before and during the placements to engage with material on safety in the field, and ways to deal with workplace stress and conflict. In response to these issues the article summarises some pedagogical strategies that may be used to enhance student learning in these areas both leading up to and during their field placements. In addition to matters relating to safety and stress, financial pressures were evident for students endeavouring to complete field placements. The recent moves from universities to embrace industry based learning, clearly has implications for funding support made available to students undertaking this type of education.
Notes Published Online: 28 Mar 2003
Language eng
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002316

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social and International Studies
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