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Effective Practice Learning in Social Work

Effective Practice Learning in Social Work

Second Edition
  • Jonathan Parker - Bournemouth University, UK, University of Stavanger, Norway

June 2010 | 176 pages | Learning Matters
The Department of Health requires students on the social work degree to undertake at least 200 days in direct practice learning during their course. Practice learning often raises great anxieties for students, agencies and those who supervise and assess it. This book tackles those anxieties, explaining the ways the experience can deliver a unique learning opportunity for the student. It is ideal for students undertaking or about to undertake practice learning, student supervisors and practice assessors, as well as trainers and policymakers within social care agencies and healthcare professions where practice learning is also undertaken.
Values and anti-oppressive practice in practice learning
Integrating theory and developing reflective practice in practice learning
Preparing for practice
Using supervision to enhance practice learning and practice competence
Assessment of practice learning, gathering evidence and demonstrating competence
Developing skills and communicating effectively
Tying it all together

"This book is a 'must read' for students and agency staff new to the roles of On-Site Supervisor or Practice Educator/Off-Site Practice Educator. It will allay the many fears and anxieties often experiences by students." (Lecturer, University of Hull).

This book has been out for a while but provides a solid basis for Stage 1 students getting to grips with social work practice.
This book is a core text in 'Readiness for Direct Practice' helping students to understand how to be effective practitioners as a foundation to their first placement.

Ms Linda Daley
School of Social Policy, Sociology & Social Research, University of Kent
September 19, 2023

Central text in Introduction to Practice Education and also in Practice educator Award, Stages 1 & 2

Ms Fleur Duke
Social Work , Hull University
October 30, 2013

It is an informative text, clear and concise and will be helpful for students on the BA.

Mrs Jean Pippard
Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Plymouth
June 26, 2013

Clear, concise, good chapter on integrating theory into practice

Ms Sally Nieman
Social Work, Middlesex University
November 17, 2012

Really useful for helping students think about the difficulties involved in applying theory to practice.

Ms Emma Inch
School of Applied Social Science, Brighton University
March 27, 2012

A very interesting and informative book which provides some good pointers to getting the most out of practice learning opportunities.

Dr Ann Hodson
Social Work, Dundee University
February 24, 2012

Added to the course list for Bachelor in International Social Work at University of Gävle, Sweden

Dr Komalsingh Rambaree
Department of Social Work and Psychology, Gavle University
January 25, 2012