Asking the Critical Questions: An Evaluation of Social Work Students' Experiences in an International Placement

Helen Cleak, Janet Anand, Chaitali Das

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Abstract

Preparing social work students for the demands of changing social environments and to promote student mobility and interest in overseas employment opportunities have resulted in an increasing demand for international social work placements. The literature describes numerous examples of social work programmes that offer a wide variety of international placements. However, research about the actual benefit of undertaking an overseas placement is scant with limited empirical evidence on the profile of students participating, their experience of the tasks offered, the supervisory practice and the outcomes for students' professional learning and career. This study contributes to the existing body of literature by exploring the relevance of international field placements for students and is unique in that it draws its sample from students who have graduated so provides a distinctive perspective in which to compare their international placement with their other placement/s as well as evaluating what were the benefits and drawbacks for them in terms of their careers, employment opportunities and current professional practice.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Early online date18 Nov 2014
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Publication statusEarly online date - 18 Nov 2014

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