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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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The concept of integrity in relation to failing and marginal students

The concept of integrity in relation to failing and marginal students

(p.181) Twelve The concept of integrity in relation to failing and marginal students
Practice placement in social work

Cherie Appleton

Carole Adamson

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This chapter considers the issue of how social work programmes can best support students deemed marginal or identified as at risk of failing. Integrity is defined using three Maori words meaning ‘to be right, to take the right action and to always do it with genuineness and heart’ (Appleton, 2010: 82). Using the lens of ‘integrity’ as a conceptual focus, the chapter addresses the context in which ‘fitness to practise’ is determined, together with the processes by which schools of social work may identify, support and manage issues of competence and practice standards. The chapter concludes that such processes are relationally based and supported by assessment practices that in turn demonstrate integrity through the evaluation and development of a student’s knowledge, skills and values. Responsibility for passing or failing marginal students is shared between academic educators, host agencies, the professional staff they appoint as supervisors and most of all by students themselves. Questions that practice educators may use to determine the extent of concerns and options for resolution are applied to a case study while some typical vignettes are offered for the reader to explore.

Keywords:   Integrity, Failing students, Fitness to practise, Maori, Practice Assessment, Marginal

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