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A fundamental rethink of practice learning in social work education
journal contributionposted on 2016-01-01, 00:00 authored by Beth CrispBeth Crisp, Norah HoskenNorah Hosken
© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.A common response to the need to place increasing numbers of social work students in field education or practice learning placements has been to broaden the range of organisations in which placements are sought. While this strategy has provided many beneficial learning opportunities for students, it has not been sufficient in tackling ongoing difficulties in locating work-integrated learning opportunities for social work students. We argue that new approaches to finding placement opportunities will require a fundamental rethink as to how student placements are understood. This paper introduces an innovative project which started with a consideration of learning opportunities and built a structure to facilitate these, rather than rely on organisational availability to host students on placements.