Learning by teaching: the multilayered learning and teaching experience within the social work practicum


Westmead Hospital is a major teaching hospital in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. A student unit exists within the large social work department. As part of the social work practicum, students on placement design and implement a program known as Careers Day. Senior secondary school students attend an interactive day in order to explore the option of social work as a career. This paper will discuss my role as student educator in guiding the social work students to develop and facilitate this unique and evolving program. A multi-layered learning process takes place involving the educator, the social work students and the participants. Social work skills are facilitated and enhanced through the use of role play, groupwork, teamwork and organisational activities. A variety of creative techniques are used to demonstrate and discuss the nature of social work. Students on practicum learn while they teach. Data will be provided about the success, challenges, methods, effectiveness and outcomes of this program for all involved.

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CreatorsKay de Ridder
Added23 Mar 2011 09:26
KeywordsUKOER, SWAPBox, JSWEC, Social Work, Placement, Secondary School Students
LicenseCreative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0


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