Journal Article

When Things Go Wrong! Placement Disruption and Termination: Power and Student Perspectives

Jonathan Parker

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 40, issue 3, pages 983-999
Published in print April 2010 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online November 2008 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcn149
When Things Go Wrong! Placement Disruption and Termination: Power and Student Perspectives

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Practice learning, or field education, represents a key component of qualifying social work education in many countries and disruption or potential failure can have profound implications for all involved. It is perhaps surprising, given its centrality, that there is so little research or theorizing undertaken into the termination of placements from any perspective. This paper examines what is known about disrupted, marginal or failing placements in social work programmes and seeks to examine and theorize the perceptions and experiences of students in England who have been through the process, exploring power issues and imbalances. The study on which this paper is based sought to develop and enhance future responses to placement disruption from all stakeholders in practice learning.

Keywords: Practice education; failure; power; student voice

Journal Article.  6510 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Work

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