Shifting Sites of Practice: Field Education in Canada by Julie DroletShifting Sites of Practice: Field Education in Canada by Julie Drolet

Shifting Sites of Practice: Field Education in Canada

byJulie Drolet, Natalie Clark, Helen Allen

Paperback | February 1, 2011

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 Shifting Sites of Practice: Field Education in Canada is the first text in its field to provide examples of practice in a Canadian context. It offers current theoretical concepts and perspectives that will shape field education program in social work, human service, or child and youth care. Designed to build critical knowledge and practical skills, its reflective approach encourages students to question not only their own values and assumptions but also those of their profession.

        As an edited text with chapters written by leaders from a variety of fields, the text captures different theoretical, geographic, and sites of learning to provide a rich overview of the many contexts in which learning and field education take place. “Voices from the Field” and “Case Scenarios” are designed to present you with real-world experiences and situations. Exercises and Discussion questions are meant to deeply engage students with the material. Checklists and tips are intended to help you get the most out of their practical placement.

Julie Drolet is an Assistant Professor and Field Education Coordinator in the BSW program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. Julie is a member of the Field Education Committee of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) and a member of the Task Force on International Exchanges and Research o...
Title:Shifting Sites of Practice: Field Education in CanadaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.25 × 7 × 0.75 inPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0137013418

ISBN - 13:9780137013418

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Table of Contents



  1. Importance of Field Education: Current Trends and Historical Context
  2. Getting Started: Preparing to Learn in the Field
  3. Ethical and Legal Issues: Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities
  4. Theories and Values in Action
  5. Beyond the Reflective Practitioner
  6. Progressive Field Education: Social Justice, Human Rights, and Advocacy
  7. Improving Practice and Affecting Policy: Research in Diverse Contexts
  8. Indigenous Field Education: Protocols and Practices
  9. The Practice of Diversity in a Multicultural Society
  10. International Field Placements: New Practices for the Twenty-First Century
  11. Distance Field Education: New Technologies and Tools for Learning
  12. Rural and Remote Field Education: Practice Dynamics in Smaller Communities
  13. Interprofessional Field Education: Reciprocal Learning for Collaborative Practice
  14. Transitioning from Student to Practitioner: Launching Your Career

    Appendix 1: Code of Ethics 2005: Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)

    Appendix 2: Codes of Ethics: Child and Youth Care




Editorial Reviews

“Including the learning outcomes, checklists, tips, testimonials, reflective exercises, critical thinking questions, and chapter summaries were effective in promoting a foundation for thorough thought and well rounded decision making.  Voices from the Field and case scenarios were particularly useful as they provided real life situations.” --Tammy Stubley, University of Northern British Columbia   “ The use of voices from the field, case scenarios, exercises and critical discussion questions are very useful in a field education text.  In fact, these pedagogical elements help students who have little or no field experience make sense of the reading prior to the field practicum.  The checklist and tips in the distance education chapter is also very useful given the nature of the topic.” -- Jennifer Clarke, Ryerson University   “This text is a useful guide for students who are planning a practicum.  It offers practical applications, reflective exercises and helpful tips for students who are preparing for their practicum.” --Professor, University of Victoria   “Well written, organized and appropriate in length. The material covered off in each of the chapters is comprehensive and written in language that is amenable to students entering practicum placements from both entry and advanced level programs. This is a book I could recommend to all faculty practicum instructors.” --Patrick Konkin, Vancouver Island University   “I am very excited about this text. It could really serve to “ground” student discussions about their practicum experiences.” --David Hannis, Grant MacEwan College   “The primary advantages to this text are the integration of a critical and progressive orientation, the Canadian content and context, the inclusion of diploma programs in the intended audience, and the theory-practice-reflection features….This appears to be the text I have been searching for. I believe it will be the sort of book students don’t resell, especially as so many of our students become, in time, field supervisors for our program.” --Elaine Spencer, Red Deer College