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Field Education

On Field Education - Kanako Okuda
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Field education offers students opportunities to integrate classroom knowledge into practice.

Source: Council on Social Work Education[CSWE] (2015).

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What is Field Education?

"Signature pedagogies are elements of instruction and of socialization that teach future practitioners the fundamental dimensions of professional work in their discipline—to think, to perform, and to act ethically and with integrity. Field education is the signature pedagogy for social work."
Source: CSWE (2015).

Field education offers students opportunities to integrate classroom knowledge into practice


   Bogo (2018).


the rubber meets the road

  • Designed
  • Supervised
  • Coordinated
  • Evaluated

Field education assignments are coordinated by the school of social work to meet the standards and expectations of its curriculum and of the CSWE.


CSWE (2005).
CSWE (2015).

Field placement is where students are socialized as members of the profession and cultivate relationships as social workers.

Students must come to understand in order to act, and they must act in order to serve.

Shulman (2005).

What happens in field education?
It is where students learn while serving.
          Okuda (2018).
Cumulative Learning
Getting to Know
Anchor 1

Learning to Practice in a Complex Context 


Field education experiences are designed to teach you both cognitive and affective processes. You are learning to practice while you develop your competencies as a beginning social worker.

Source: Bogo (2018).
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