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Social work students’ reflections on challenges during field education
Umeå University.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1666-0639
2016 (English)In: Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1468-0173, E-ISSN 1741-296XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Summary: Field education is a key curriculum component in social work programmes. Students as well as researchers have identified this learning experience as central to the students’ transition to practice. This article reports on a qualitative study with the aim of analysing social work students’ narratives of their experiences during field education in order to elucidate their reasoning with regard to the challenges presented by unique clients and their contexts, along with their objectives set in the service user situation. The narratives of 23 social work students in Sweden describing a sum total of 46 problematic and unproblematic situations during field education were analysed, revealing circumstances that according to the students had either aggravated or facilitated professional action. Findings: The experiences of being overwhelmed by emotions and of having too much latitude in the interpretation of principles and guidelines were experienced as aggravating circumstances, whereas having knowledge of legislation and clear guidelines to follow was experienced as facilitating client interaction and as providing a sense of security with the professional role. The analysis also revealed differing levels and scope of ambition with regard to the objectives set in the service user situation. Applications: Our results demonstrate the importance of furthering students’ articulation of and active reflection on their interpretation of guidelines and legislation, and on their own setting of objectives specific to the individual cases and on how these objectives relate to the value base of social work.

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2016.
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social work, social work education, practice learning, narrative approaches, critical reflection
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-118637DOI: 10.1177/1468017316654362OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-118637DiVA: diva2:914879
Available from: 2016-03-27 Created: 2016-03-27 Last updated: 2017-03-15

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