Academic journal article Field Educator

Book Review - Finding Your Way through Field Work

Academic journal article Field Educator

Book Review - Finding Your Way through Field Work

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Glassman, U. E. (2016). Finding your way through field work: A social work student's guide. Washington, DC: Sage Publications, Inc.

Finding Your Way Through Field Work is exactly what the title suggests - a clear and comprehensive explanation of what students can expect from their MSW internships. Dr. Urania Glassman draws on her years of experience as the director of field education at Yeshiva University, where she has placed thousands of students in social work internships. As an associate field education director myself, I read her examples of student situations and experiences with keen interest since they resonated with the field placement stories I know. Dr. Glassman's direct style of communicating with the reader should capture the student's attention, especially when they see the similarities with their own experience.

I was eager to read this guide because as field educators we are always looking for ways to better prepare and support students in their internships. This book begins with basic explanations and some general frameworks that are referenced throughout. The theoretical concepts are described in simple terms so the student can understand how they apply to their learning. Dr. Glassman also captures different types of students, at the BSW as well as the MSW level, and includes examples of students with a range of experiences prior to beginning their social work education. …

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