This book collates and analyses the current research, debates, opportunities and practices in social work field education into one volume and contextualises this material within the broader context of social work. Current concerns about risk and uncertainty in field education are explored from multiple stakeholder perspectives.

Social work field education is an integral component of social work education, yet its sustainability is increasingly challenged. Issue such as finding enough quality placements with accredited social workers, curriculum development, student diversity, and placement assessment of learning are being examined by researchers and practitioners alike. This represents a challenge for the social work profession generally. By drawing on traditional and alternative pedagogical perspectives on field education and constructions of risk and uncertainty evident in current discourse, the book presents innovative responses to existing challenges.

Providing a reference point for future knowledge building in sustainable field education pedagogy and practice, this book will interest university field education programs and industry field educators internationally.

part Section I|70 pages

Contextualising the Landscape of Social Work Field Education

chapter 1|12 pages

Outlining the Context

Australian Social Work Field Education
ByWendy Rollins, Ronnie Egan, Nicole Hill

chapter 2|15 pages

Australian Field Education in the International Context

ByRonnie Egan, Nicole Hill, Wendy Rollins

chapter 3|15 pages

Field Education Stakeholders

Untangling the Rhetoric from the Reality
ByNicole Hill, Wendy Rollins, Ronnie Egan

chapter 4|12 pages

Regulating Field Education

Challenges and Prospects
ByKaren Healy, Jill Wilson

chapter 5|14 pages

Pedagogies Informing Social Work Field Education

ByWendy Rollins, Maree Higgins, Phyllis Chee

part Section II|124 pages

Current Research, Practice, and Innovation in Social Work Field Education

chapter 6|11 pages

Integrating Cultural Responsiveness into the Social Work Field Education Curriculum

Lessons from the Community
ByKylie Stothers, Wendy Rollins, Ronnie Egan, Donna Murray

chapter 7|12 pages

Preparing Students for Field Education Using Simulation-Based Learning

ByToula Kourgiantakis, Karen Sewell, Marion Bogo

chapter 8|10 pages

Fit, Suitable, or Ready?

Taking a Strengths Approach to Student Transition to Placement
ByWendy Rollins, Annie Venville

chapter 9|12 pages

The Contribution of Field Education towards Professional Capability

ByJane Maidment, Kathryn Hay, Liz Beddoe, Neil Ballantyne, Shayne Walker

chapter 10|13 pages

Assessment in Field Education

Capability, Competence, and Contradictions
ByJo Finch, Nicole Hill, Wendy Rollins

chapter 11|8 pages

Conceptualising the Liaison Role

ByNicole Hill, Ronnie Egan

chapter 12|12 pages

Collaboration in Social Work Field Education

ByWendy Bowles, Mim Fox, Monica Short, Fran Waugh

chapter 13|12 pages

Thinking Outside the Square

The Quality and Sustainability of Placement Models
ByNicole Hill, Ronnie Egan, Helen Cleak, Ines Zuchowski

chapter 14|11 pages

The Value of Community-Academic Partnerships in Field Education

ByRonnie Egan, Caroline Lambert, Katherine Ogilvie

chapter 15|14 pages

Reinvigorating Fields of Practice Through Placement Innovation

ByNicole Hill, Michelle Jones, Karen McDavitt, Mary Duncan

chapter 16|5 pages

Collaborating for the Future of Field Education

ByRonnie Egan, Wendy Rollins, Nicole Hill

chapter |2 pages


ByRonnie Egan, Wendy Rollins, Nicole Hill