Vol. 4, Issue 1 (2019)
Theory without practice is empty: An analysis on fieldwork training in social work education
Author(s): Sharona KP
Abstract: Field work helps the students to apply their skills and knowledge into practice. Fieldwork in social work education refers to training and education. The training is repetitive and skill-oriented and education is imparted with broad perspectives. It is a dynamic process of observing, amassing and implementing creative and innovative ideas. Therefore, field work is considered to be learning trough doing. Hepworth and Rooney and Larsen (2002) observe, fieldwork engages the student in supervised social work practice and provides opportunities to many theory and practice. The fieldwork programme of school of social work education is the most important and integral part of social work curriculum. This article moves through the importance of social work education and training. Important roles and objectives are also specified in this article. It is clear that fieldwork in social work education faces a number of challenges in developing programmes well. Certain challenges faced by multidisciplinary team of professional social work are also reflected with suitable suggestions.