Practice learning is a significant opportunity for future social workers. In consideration of the central role it plays, the Catholic University of Milan offers the chance to carry out both traditional and unconventional practice placement. Unconventional Practice Placements (UPP) is closer to Service Learning, but it is also based on the theoretical framework known as the Relational Social Work method. The aim of UPPs is creating or implementing social intervention starting from collaboration with a network of people (professionals of public or private organizations, service users, caregivers and citizens). The process begins with the identification of a real need of the local community. The purpose of this paper is to analyse UPPs presenting the results of quantitative research. An online survey collects the students’ learning experience, who attended the academic years from 2015 to 2019. The research shows that UPPs important learning is achieved in the field, especially in relation to group and community work. Not only that, but the local communities benefit from the social interventions planned in a participatory manner emerging from the UPPs.

Landi, C., Corradini, F., Limongelli, P., Unconventional practice placements as learning experiences. Social work students’ views in an online survey., <<SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION>>, 2022; 2022 (1): 1-17. [doi:10.1080/02615479.2022.2044023] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/203511]

Unconventional practice placements as learning experiences. Social work students’ views in an online survey.

Landi, Camilla
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Corradini, Francesca;Limongelli, Paola
2022

Abstract

Practice learning is a significant opportunity for future social workers. In consideration of the central role it plays, the Catholic University of Milan offers the chance to carry out both traditional and unconventional practice placement. Unconventional Practice Placements (UPP) is closer to Service Learning, but it is also based on the theoretical framework known as the Relational Social Work method. The aim of UPPs is creating or implementing social intervention starting from collaboration with a network of people (professionals of public or private organizations, service users, caregivers and citizens). The process begins with the identification of a real need of the local community. The purpose of this paper is to analyse UPPs presenting the results of quantitative research. An online survey collects the students’ learning experience, who attended the academic years from 2015 to 2019. The research shows that UPPs important learning is achieved in the field, especially in relation to group and community work. Not only that, but the local communities benefit from the social interventions planned in a participatory manner emerging from the UPPs.
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Landi, C., Corradini, F., Limongelli, P., Unconventional practice placements as learning experiences. Social work students’ views in an online survey., <<SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION>>, 2022; 2022 (1): 1-17. [doi:10.1080/02615479.2022.2044023] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/203511]
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