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Avril Bellinger and Deirdre Ford

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318606

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318606.001.0001

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Observations of student practice: what difference does observer qualification make?

Observations of student practice: what difference does observer qualification make?

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(p.149) Ten Observations of student practice: what difference does observer qualification make?
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Practice placement in social work
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David Neal

Angie Regan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447318606.003.0010

Practice observations can be pivotal to students’ learning and the formation of a professional identity. Learning that arises from constructing new and revised interpretations of an experience can be transformative for students, and is more likely to foster the autonomy, critical self-awareness and accountability that professional social work requires (Ford et al, 2005; Ferguson and Lavalette, 2007). It is suggested that the qualifications and the independence of the person observing the student are key elements underpinning the process of transformation. This chapter is based on findings from a pilot study in which a comparison of observation reports was undertaken by a panel of stakeholders. The findings, which affirm the importance of both the professional qualifications and the independence of the person observing the student in practice, are placed within a critical review of the literature.

Keywords:   Practice observation, Transformative learning, Professionalism, Autonomy

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