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Pages: 6676-6683
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-09-05948-5
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2018.2569

Conference name: 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 12-14 November, 2018
Location: Seville, Spain

LEARNING IN TRANSITION: WORKPLACE LEARNING FOR NEWLY QUALIFIED SOCIAL WORKERS

J. Byrne, G. Kirwan

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin (IRELAND)
Careers involve a number of transitions from one role or activity to another (Arnold, 1997) and one of these transitions is particularly learning intense; the move from professional education into early professional employment. There are two broad perspectives for viewing this transition. The first is that the learning acquired through professional education prepares the individual for employment. The second is that professional education can only teach general information which must be applied and developed in the workplace (Zucchermaglio & Alby, 2009). This transition can be seen, not as a moment in time, but rather as a prolonged adjustment with multiple phases (Wendlandt and Rochlen, 2008) which build towards cohesion or fragmentation (Moriarty et al, 2011). Using semi-structured interviews with newly qualified social workers in Ireland, this study examines whether social workers experience a learning gap between their professional education and training course at university and the demands of the workplace. It explores the factors that promote effective learning in the workplace setting and how newly qualified social workers build on their education to fill in the learning gaps that practice presents. As the industry demand for qualified social workers increases and agencies come under pressure to recruit workers who are ready to hit the road running, this paper asks whether possible changes to the university curriculum are warranted and a new university/industry partnership required?
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author = {Byrne, J. and Kirwan, G.},
title = {LEARNING IN TRANSITION: WORKPLACE LEARNING FOR NEWLY QUALIFIED SOCIAL WORKERS},
series = {11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2018 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-09-05948-5},
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doi = {10.21125/iceri.2018.2569},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/iceri.2018.2569},
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month = {12-14 November, 2018},
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J. Byrne, G. Kirwan (2018) LEARNING IN TRANSITION: WORKPLACE LEARNING FOR NEWLY QUALIFIED SOCIAL WORKERS, ICERI2018 Proceedings, pp. 6676-6683.
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