A conversation about readiness to practise?

Are you a newly qualified social worker (who qualified from a NZ programme within the past two years and are working as a social worker in NZ for at least six months) or have you managed or supervised a newly qualified social worker in NZ within the last two years? If so, we would love to talk to you about your perspectives on the readiness to practise of newly qualified social workers. Participation would involve you being interviewed for about 60 minutes by a member of our research team, either face-to-face, by Skype or phone.

If you were a participant in our recent NQSW survey, please note that the survey suggested we wanted paired interviews with NQSWs and their managers. We no longer require this arrangement and request volunteers from any NQSW and any NQSW supervisor/manager independently of each other.

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Social work education, curriculum mapping and educational taxonomies

This literature scan is written to support the first phase of enhance R2P: an Ako Aotearoa funded project focused on developing a professional capabilities framework to clarify the capabilities of newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) and social workers at experienced and advanced levels of practice.

The first phase of the project was designed to answer the following question: what is the content of the current New Zealand social work curriculum and how does it relate to the core competencies of the Social Workers’ Registration Board (SWRB)?

The aims of this literature scan are twofold: to introduce social work education in Aotearoa New Zealand; and to explore the rationale for two aspects of our proposed methodology: curriculum mapping and the development of a taxonomy of Terms for Indexing Social Work Education in Aotearoa New Zealand (TISWEANZ). (more…)

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Mapping the social work curriculum in Aotearoa New Zealand: The road ahead

Phase one of the eR2P project commenced in January of this year with a focus on mapping the social work curriculum. In order to create a map of topics taught in the social work curriculum we must first find a common language to describe topics that are expressed in different curricula in very different ways. Our first task is to create a taxonomy of key educational terms (an approach modelled on prior research by Canadian researchers in the field of medical education (Willet, Marshall, Broudo & Clarke, 2007, 2008)).

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Welcome to the enhanceR2P project

NPF Logo - low resWe are delighted to announce that the enhanceR2P project has been selected for National Project Funding by Ako Aotearoa. enhanceR2P is a social work education research project designed to enhance the readiness to practise of newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) in Aotearoa New Zealand.  The project is a collaborative one involving social work researchers from the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, the University of Auckland, Massey University and the University of Canterbury.

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