An exploration of how some tutors use learning materials to enable student social workers to link theory to practice while learning in the workplace

Sieminski, Sandy and Seden, Janet (2011). An exploration of how some tutors use learning materials to enable student social workers to link theory to practice while learning in the workplace. Social Work Education, 30(7) pp. 797–810.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2010.512658

Abstract

This paper reports on the outcomes of a study day, which was held using an appreciative inquiry approach, to explore the way students on a social work applied practice course were linking the learning about theories and methods with their work in their practice learning opportunity. The course tutors who took part in the day shared the methods they had used successfully to enhance student learning in this area. The paper identifies these successful methods and also considers barriers to learning and overcoming them. The other main areas discussed are: working with resistance; reflection on the self; building confidence; case studies and scenarios; agency climates and individual student factors. The paper concludes with a discussion of the barriers and opportunities for theorising about practice in managerial climates.

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