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date: 24 June 2021

Social Work Education: Field Worklocked

Social Work Education: Field Worklocked

  • Gary L. ShafferGary L. ShafferUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Field education has played a significant role in the professional development of social workers since the beginning of the last century. Although the apprenticeship model of training continues to play a significant role, variations on this theme have been explored and continue to be developed in response to political, academic, and economic challenges. Technological advances will enable programs to expand field education into new communities, both nationally and internationally. In addition, changes in educational policy and accreditation guidelines have the potential to revitalize the role of field education and increase research efforts devoted to this important component of professional education.


  • Social Work Profession

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