Simulation: social work education in a third place

Meredith, Cat, Heslop, Philip and Dodds, Christina (2021) Simulation: social work education in a third place. Social Work Education. ISSN 0261-5479 (In Press)

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The curriculums of social work education are traditionally divided, with professional and theoretical knowledge taught largely in the classrooms of academia, whilst practical skills and experience are developed mostly in workplace settings. This paper locates simulation in Lev Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory and Paulo Freire’s pedagogy, considering its potential to offer social work education a third place, complementary to, yet unique and distinct from the first place of academy and the second place of placement. The authors present a case study of their introduction of simulation to the social work curriculums at a UK university, reporting initial findings from an on-going, staged evaluation. Narrative responses are presented across six, overarching themes: the pedagogical approach; authenticity; engineered failure; applying theory in practice; developing practice skills; reflection and feedback, demonstrating that respondents valued opportunities for deliberate practice which enabled them to experience emotional responses and learn from their mistakes without negative consequence. Although these findings predate COVID 19, they are ever-more relevant as social work education reconsiders how to reach, teach, and engage social work students during the pandemic and beyond.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: simulation, social work pedagogy, theory to practice, practice learning, zone of proximal development
Subjects: L500 Social Work
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2021 11:11
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2022 08:01

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