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Značaj praktične nastave u obrazovanju socijalnih radnika
The Importance of Field Practice in the Education of Social Workers

Author(s): Jelena Tanasijević
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education, Sociology, Welfare systems, Vocational Education, Higher Education , Welfare services
Published by: Filozofski fakultet Univerziteta u Tuzli
Keywords: education; social work; students; field practice; mentoring;

Summary/Abstract: Field practice has always held an important place in the education of social workers, especially today,if we look at the modern social trends and problems with which they will, as a professional workers,meet during the professional career. Contemporary concept of dual education allows to students to, at the same time, connect and apply acquired theoretical knowledge and through that they can learn and develop their practical skills continuosly. If we look at the standards which are provided in education for social workers in Serbia, very important thing is that practical training has to comply with plan and program for every year of study, individually. Beside that, students could make a choice where they will work their field practice, in which institution or organization, and it is an example of good practice. This is helpful on the one hand for students and on the other hand for institutions. Through the activities in the context of field practice, students can perceive procedures of professional process, but they can also develop possibilities for critical thinking, reflective approach and learn proffesional behavior. This approach increases the possibilities for the realization of the concept of lifelong learning.Field practice is done in appropriate reference institutions, public autorithies, and also in nongovermental organisations. Some of these organisations are national, and some of them are international. A large number of options makes whole education more interesting how in content, also and methodological.One more important segment which contribute to improving practical learning is also training of mentors who are responsible for students in their organisations. Through this we can provide higher level of quality working with students, especially becuse professional workers in this role have the opportunity to convey their practical knowledge and skills. It is important for students becuse it is a way to empower them for further progress. Bearing in mind these tasks, it’s important that mentors are proffesionals with experience. In that case they could be available for students and their questions, and at the same time mentorship doesn’t interfere with working process.

  • Issue Year: IV/2018
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 73-86
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Serbian
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