Creating a standardised teaching and learning framework for social work field placements

Cleak, Helen, Hawkins, Linette, Laughton, Jody, & Williams, Judy (2015) Creating a standardised teaching and learning framework for social work field placements. Australian Social Work, 68(1), pp. 49-64.

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Abstract

Mapping and evaluating a student's progress on placement is a core element of social work education but there has been scant attention to indicate how to effectively create and assess student learning and performance. This paper outlines a project undertaken by the Combined Schools of Social Work to develop a common learning and assessment tool that is being used by all social work schools in Victoria. The paper describes how the Common Assessment Tool (CAT) was developed, drawing on the Australian Association of Social Work Practice Standards, leading to seven key learning areas that form the basis of the assessment of a student's readiness for practice. An evaluation of the usefulness of the CAT was completed by field educators, liaison staff, and students, which confirmed that the CAT was a useful framework for evaluating students' learning goals. The feedback also identified a number of problematic features that were addressed in a revised CAT and rating scale.

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ID Code: 90472
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Field Education Placements, Field Education, Assessment
DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2014.932401
ISSN: 1447-0748
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2015 23:50
Last Modified: 12 May 2016 23:28

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