Reflections on Practice Learning in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Lessons from Student Experiences

Wilson, George, O'Connor, Erna, Walsh, Trish and Kirby, Margaret (2009) Reflections on Practice Learning in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Lessons from Student Experiences. Social Work Education, 28 (6). pp. 631-645. ISSN 02615479


Practice learning is viewed as one of the most important components of social work education wherever in the world social work is practised. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland provide an interesting case example of the educational impact on students resulting from their experience of different models of practice learning. Although sharing a common historical legacy, recent developments in policy in both jurisdictions have tended to engender greater divergences in how programmes organise and deliver social work education and practice learning. Drawing on findings from a joint-research project with students in Queen's University, Belfast and Trinity College, Dublin, the authors highlight significant cross-border similarities as well as differences in the way practice learning is conceptualised, organised and delivered. Through comparing and contrasting student experiences, the authors reflect on how the findings might help to inform the future development of practice learning standards in both jurisdictions. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Social Work Education is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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