International placements: learning from a distance

Hayley Smith, Vicky Sharley

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Abstract

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 of 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 reveals an enriched comprehension of the reciprocity of learning through trust and mutual respect, reified by the challenge of distance in the student’s learning environment. This result is not only an enhanced understanding of international social work but also of the self and the pivotal nature of the learning relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPractice Placement in Social Work
Subtitle of host publicationInnovative Approaches for Effective Teaching and Learning
EditorsAvril Bellinger, Deirdre Ford
Place of PublicationPolicy Press
PublisherPolicy Press
Pages21-37
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781447318613
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

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