The impact of emotions on practicum learning

Maidment, Jane and Crisp, Beth R. 2011, The impact of emotions on practicum learning, Social work education, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 408-421, doi: 10.1080/02615479.2010.501859.

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Title The impact of emotions on practicum learning
Author(s) Maidment, Jane
Crisp, Beth R.ORCID iD for Crisp, Beth R.
Journal name Social work education
Volume number 30
Issue number 4
Start page 408
End page 421
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, U. K.
Publication date 2011-06
ISSN 0261-5479
Keyword(s) emotions
practice learning
social Work
Summary Nine mature aged, experienced practitioners enrolled to gain a BSW qualification in social work were interviewed regarding a course requirement to complete the first placement. At the time of interview no recognition of prior learning for previous experience in the field was made possible for these students. As educators we had experienced considerable hostility from students who believed they should be exempt from completing this course requirement. This paper reports on interviews with the nine students, where we consider how student sentiment about completing the practice learning component might impact upon their learning experience. As anticipated, some students expressed strong negative views about being on placement. However, others were much more positive about the experience. These mixed views prompted us to explore further the relationship between emotion and practice learning. The article begins with a review of the literature concerning mature student engagement with tertiary education, followed by an overview of theory and research related to the ways feelings and emotion influence learning. Using passages from the interviews, expressions of participant anxiety, anger and excitement about the practicum are discussed with the view to extending discourse about practicum learning to include consideration of emotional intelligence and investment.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02615479.2010.501859
Field of Research 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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