Field Education: Strengthening the Evidence Base
Keywords:Social work field education, Social work placements, Evidence base, Administrative data, Aggregated data
Field education is integral to the professional education of social work students preparing to enter the profession. Despite its importance, and the emphasis on evidence-informed practice in the wider social work curriculum, the evidence base that informs the quality and effectiveness of this core component of training is varied. This brief article describes the beginning stages of a program of research to utilise anonymised administrative data to better understand student experiences, pathways, progress and performance in social work field education. It is argued that informing the evidence base through better utilisation of administrative data has the potential to strengthen program and curriculum development.
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