Field education is the “signature pedagogy” of social work. It is the opportunity for students to have real life experiences within a supervisory relationship in a range of settings where knowledges, skills and values can be questioned, enriched and integrated.
As a Field Education program, we have two part time Coordinators and a part time administrative support staff, as well as a faculty Chair. We continuously seek to improve our field education program from a pedagogical and practical level. We welcome feedback from the community and students in our program.
Over the last several years, we have demonstrated educational leadership and pedagogical innovation in the field education program. Some of the highlights include funding for rural, distance and Indigenous field placements, with two consecutive UBC CBEL awards of $5000 to support the development of rural and Indigenous field education placements, featured at the Arts Showcase; development of the field education community advisory committee; development of a field education manual; work with CBEL to enhance social justice community projects with third year students; development of a new cluster model for Advanced MSW students in partnership with hospitals.
We continue to focus on providing quality field education to all students in partnership with our community co-educators.
– Elizabeth Jones, MSW, RSW
Senior Instructor; Chair, BSW Program; Chair, Field Education