The first year experience of social work students : developing a “sense of fit” and engagement with the profession : a practice report

Kaighin, Jennifer & Croft, Waveney (2013) The first year experience of social work students : developing a “sense of fit” and engagement with the profession : a practice report. International Journal of the First Year Experience in Higher Education, 4(1), pp. 117-123.

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Engagement is believed to be critical to a successful first year experience. This paper examines a range of strategies introduced into a first year Social Work and Human Services unit at Queensland University of Technology. The focus of these strategies was to enhance student engagement through building connections with peers, lecturers and the Social Work and Human Services professions. It is argued in this paper that students are more likely to continue with their studies if they are supported in building an emerging identity as both a university student and as a Social Work or Human Services practitioner. A range of strategies was introduced, including restructuring the unit to include an early intensive teaching block; inviting current practitioners to speak with students about the realities of practice; and embedding an academic skills component into the unit. Feedback from students highlighted the success of these strategies in developing their academic skills, building connections and embedding a sense of fit with the profession.

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ID Code: 60055
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: social work education, professional identity, HERN, student engagment
DOI: 10.5204/intjfyhe.v4i1.161
ISSN: 1838-2959
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700) > Social Work not elsewhere classified (160799)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 All Authors
Deposited On: 17 May 2013 01:00
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 06:03

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