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Social work field education with external supervision


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Social work field education with external supervision
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  • Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Townsville, Queensland, Australia
  • Cairns, Queensland, Australia
  • Canberra, ACT, Australia
  • Perth, Western Australia
  • Adelaide, South Australia
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    Field education is essential in preparing social work students for professional social work practice. Increasingly placements are set up to include external supervision by a qualitifed social worker , with a non-social work qualified supervisor providing guidance and support internally. Little is know of the experiences of key stakeholders in placements with external supervision.

    The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of key stakeholders in social work field education which is conducted with external supervision.

    Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with students, task supervisors, field educators and university liaison people. In total 32 participants where interviewed, face to face and over the phone. This research project was part of the researcher's PhD research.

    Findings highlight that external and internal pressures are impacting on social work practice learning. As a consequence off-site supervision is becoming more prevalent. Recommendations propose that emerging field education models be planned appropriately, focussing on student learning and growth. It is recommended that these placements be well-supported, with explicit collaboration between the university, the field and the students, rather than set up as a last resort.

    The following data is stored in the secure data section of the Tropical Data Hub (TDH) archive. The interview guide is available for download from the Data link below. 

    1. Interview transcripts
    2. Interview recordings
    3. Nvivo analysis
    4. Memos
    5. Interview guide
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    Data consists of 3 zip files containing the data (94 MS Word files, 3 Nvivo projects (.nvp) and the interview guide (.docx)), interview recordings (48 WAV files) and transcripts (34 MS Word files).

    MS Word documents have also been saved in PDF format and stored in similarly named zip files for preservation purposes.

Related Publications
  1. Zuchowski, Ines (2019) Working together and external supervision. In: Gardner, Fiona, Theobald, Jacqui, Long, Natasha, and Hickson, Helen, (eds.) Field Education: creating successful placements. Oxford University Press, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 33-45.
    Book chapter
  2. Zuchowski, Ines (2013) From being 'caught in the middle of a war' to being 'in a really safe space': social work field education with external supervision. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 15 (1). pp. 104-119.
  3. Zuchowski, Ines (2011) Social work student placements with external supervision: last resort or value-adding in Asia Pacific? In: Noble, Carolyn, and Henrickson, Mark, (eds.) Social Work Field Education and Supervision Across Asia Pacific. Sydney University Press, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 373-395.
    Book chapter
  4. Zuchowski, Ines (2017) Field education research: opportunities for collaboration and advancing social work education. New Voices in Social Work Research, 18 October 2017. pp. 1-3.
  5. Zuchowski, Ines (2016) Getting to know the context: the complexities of providing off-site supervision in social work practice learning. British Journal of Social Work, 46 (2). pp. 409-426.
    Accepted author version also available from ResearchOnline@JCU
  6. Zuchowski, Ines Sofia (2015) Social work field education with external supervision. PhD thesis, James Cook University.
    Available from ResearchOnline@JCU
  7. Zuchowski, Ines (2015) Being the university: liaison persons' reflections on placements with off-site supervision. Social Work Education, 34 (3). pp. 301-314.
    Accepted author version also available from ResearchOnline@JCU
  8. Zuchowski, Ines (2015) Field education with external supervision: supporting student learning. The Field Educator, 5.2 (Fall 2015). pp. 1-16.
  9. Zuchowski, Ines (2014) Space, time and relationships for professional growth: the experiences of external field education supervisors. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 16 (1). pp. 52-66.
  10. Zuchowski, Ines (2014) Planting the seeds for someone else's discussion: experiences of task supervisors supporting social work placements. Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 13. pp. 5-13.
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  1. Managed by: Dr Ines Zuchowski , , Social Work
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Dr Ines Zuchowski,
  1. A/Prof Debra Miles ,
  2. A/Prof Susan Gair ,
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Fields of Research
  1. 1607 - Social Work (1607)
Socio-Economic Objective
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  1. field education
  2. social work
  3. social work education
  4. students
  5. supervision
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People and Societies in the Tropics
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  1. Interview guide.pdf (Data File, Public)
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Interview transcripts and recordings, Nvivo analysis, memos and interview guide are stored in the secure data section of the Tropical Data Hub (TDH) archive - eResearch Centre, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. The interview guide is available for download from the link provided.
Zuchowski, I. (2018). Social work field education with external supervision. James Cook University. (dataset). 8f99a76307e2fd9a47cbabb10b32a75d