Field Education Information
Social Work's Signature Pedagogy: Field Education
According to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a “signature pedagogy represents the central form of instruction and learning in which a profession socializes its students to perform the role of practitioner. Professionals have pedagogical norms with which they connect and integrate theory and practice (4). In social work, the signature pedagogy is field education. The intent of field education is to connect the theoretical and conceptual contribution of the classroom with the practical world of the practice setting. It is a basic precept of social work education that the two interrelated components of curriculum—classroom and field—are of equal importance within the curriculum, and each contributes to the development of the requisite competencies of professional practice. Field education is systematically designed, supervised, coordinated, and evaluated based on criteria by which students demonstrate the achievement of program competencies” (CSWE EPAS, 2008, p. 8).
4Shulman, L. S. (2005, Summer). Signature pedagogies in the professions. Daedelus, 52-59.
Social Work Field Education Handbook
The B.S.W. Field Education Handbook is intended as a source of information for social work students and social work interns enrolled in the Social Work Program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, field agencies and potential field agencies, and Field Instructors. It contains an overview of the Social Work Program, detailed information about the Social Work Field Education Program, and field education policies and procedures as well as other related material with which social work students, social work interns, field agencies, and Field Instructors should be familiar.
Field Practicum Placements
Community agencies across South Texas participate in social work education by providing field education experiences to fourth year social work students. This file contains information about each agency and possible practicum activities.
This form is to be completed by the perspective field practicum student and submitted to the Social Work Field Education Coordinator at a schedule date.
As an undergraduate generalist social work student, your learning goals should reflect efforts to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and values of the core competencies promulgated by the 2008 Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) accepted by the TAMUK Social Work Program. These learning goals will become the basis for evaluating your accomplishments and performance during your practicum experience.
This form is completed by the perspective social work practicum student after their interview with the agency. This form is to be submitted to the Social Work Field Education Coordinator one week after the agency interview.
The Field Practicum Time Sheet is used by social work students who are in their field practicum to document their required field practicum hours.
This form is designed to evaluate student performance in the field practicum component of the Social Work Program, and readiness for entry-level, generalist social work practice. The uniqueness of the field education setting, client population, and student should be considered in reporting student progress.
It is important that the student be given the opportunity to evaluate their field practicum agency. This form is useful to assist the student, the Field Instructor, and the Social Work Field Education Coordinator in understanding and improving the practicum experience. Once completed, this form is to be submitted to the Social Work Field Education Coordinator.
Agencies are required to complete the Agency Field Practicum Application if they desire to have social work field practicum students, in consultation with the TAMUK Social Work Field Education Coordinator, before a Field Practicum Agreement can be issued.
This form is to be completed annually by all Field Instructors.
This form is to be completed by the agency Field Instructor after interviewing a candidate for a practicum placement at their agency.
This form is to be completed by the TAMUK Social Work Field Coordinator, discussed with the agency Field Instructor, and recorded in the Agency file located at the TAMUK Social Work Program.
This form is to be completed by the Field Instructor and submitted to the Social Work Program at the end of each semester.
This form is to be completed by the field agency every two years in order to provide the Social Work Field Education Program with current information about the agency.
This page was last updated on: April 13, 2015