Prepared for practice? Exploring and evaluating the first six months of post-qualified practice in social work

Nix, Ingrid ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2297-8849, Cooper, Barry, Davis, Roger and McCormick, Michael (2009) Prepared for practice? Exploring and evaluating the first six months of post-qualified practice in social work. Project Report. The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. . [Monograph]

Abstract

This project explores how effective the Social work degree has been in enabling graduates to feel prepared for the practice of social work. Quantitative and qualitative data from online questionnaires and interviews with twelve graduates revealed that graduates perceived they were more confident, despite coming from a background where they were already practicing. They identified ways that this confidence (including in ICT and IL skills) has contributed to their preparedness for practice and their willingness to shape and challenge practices. Areas of practice where graduates felt least prepared included working with hostile service users. In terms of ICT skills development, variations in systems and technologyrelated practices resulted in tensions between the degree providing supportive guidance which fit particular software or social work settings compared with less supportive generic guidance which might be more widely applicable. IL skills were perceived to have more generic applicability.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Additional Information: Final Project Report PBPL 63
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 34220
Notes on copyright: © 2009 The Authors
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Depositing User: Ingrid Nix
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2021 11:51
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2021 12:24
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/34220

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