‘Running with the Fox and Hunting with the Hounds’: Social Work Tutors' Experiences of Managing Failing Social Work Students in Practice Learning Settings

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Finch, J. 2014. ‘Running with the Fox and Hunting with the Hounds’: Social Work Tutors' Experiences of Managing Failing Social Work Students in Practice Learning Settings. British Journal of Social Work. 45 (7), pp. 2124-2141.
AuthorsFinch, J.
Abstract

The paper explores the issues raised by social work students failing in practice learning settings
from the perspective of university tutors, by drawing on existing literature in this area from
social work and nursing, as well as findings from a small‐scale empirical qualitative study. The
qualitative study was influenced by practitioner‐researcher and practice‐near paradigms; and is
based on interviews with twelve social work tutors in England. The findings reveal that tutors
are able to articulate the important tasks and functions of their roles when issues of failing
students in practice learning settings arise, although the process can be challenging. The
challenges include: supporting practice educator and student, concerns about other tutors’
practices, the difficulties in promoting appropriate professional standards and values within
higher education contexts and frustrations with practice educators and placements. Only a
third of the respondents (four) however, articulated their gate keeping roles and
responsibilities although this was not without its difficulties.
Given the current reforms in social work education in England at this present time, with greater
emphasis on threshold standards at entry level, and at key stages throughout the programme
of study, the research is timely in terms of the critical consideration of the tutor role and
challenges inherent in promoting appropriate standards.

JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Journal citation45 (7), pp. 2124-2141
ISSN1468-263X
0045-3102
Year2014
PublisherOxford University Press
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcu085
Publication dates
Print26 Aug 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited04 Dec 2015
AcceptedJun 2014
FunderUniversity of East London
Copyright information© 2014 The author. This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Social Work following peer review. The version of record is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcu085
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