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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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International placements: learning from a distance

International placements: learning from a distance

(p.21) Two International placements: learning from a distance
Practice placement in social work

Hayley Smith

Victoria Sharley

Policy Press

Through the auto-ethnographic dialogue between a student and tutor, this chapter explores the learning international placements can bring to social work students. The chapter considers key themes common to both participants as they reflect on the reciprocity of learning, which is generated by the unique challenges of undertaking a social work placement in another country. The dynamic of the relationship is explored in harmony with the ebb and flow of the international learning experience, offering an insightful shift in the understanding of both social work practice, and the impact of self. The investment by student and tutor results in an enriched comprehension of learning through trust and mutual respect, reified by the challenge of distance in the student’s learning environment. The outcome is not only an enhanced understanding of international social work but also of the self and the pivotal nature of the learning relationship.

Keywords:   Auto-ethnography, International placements, Student, Tutor, Relationship, Learning

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