Fieldwork in the Human Services: Theory and Practice for Field Educators, Practice Teachers and Supervisors

Fieldwork in the Human Services: Theory and Practice for Field Educators, Practice Teachers and Supervisors

Fieldwork in the Human Services: Theory and Practice for Field Educators, Practice Teachers and Supervisors

Fieldwork in the Human Services: Theory and Practice for Field Educators, Practice Teachers and Supervisors

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During the early 1990s, opportunities for field education in the human services in New Zealand were becoming scarce. Conflictual issues had arisen between training providers and field educators, and even between schools. Urgent measures were needed to enable training providers, field educators and agencies to address these issues.

In January 1995, the New Zealand Council for Education and Training in the Social Services (NZCETSS) hosted an inaugural field education symposium in Auckland. This aimed to bring academics and field educators together in an effort to address the issues facing the field education of students in human services organisations. The symposium acknowledged the critical importance of field education in the development of competent human services workers.

The primary impetus for this book arose out of the symposium, at which Australia's Dr Lesley Cooper gave a keynote address. Later, in November 1995, a group of Australian and New Zealand academics and practitioners attending the Asia Pacific Regional Social Services Conference in Christchurch met to discuss the possibility of an edited book on field education. Following that meeting, and mindful of contributors' specific interests, the editors approached Allen & Unwin with a proposed outline for an edited . . .

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