Assessment Framework

These frameworks are designed to be guidelines for practice learning assessment and not rules. Each framework provides some guides for baseline expectations of students. However in working with these, variations between students and placements must always be considered

Framework: Research

Assessment Framework: Research

This assessment framework is designed to be of relevance to both direct practice and research focused field education placements. The intention is to provide guidelines rather than a set of rules. It provides ideas and suggestions, along with case scenarios to demonstrate key points and resources to assist field educators and students. It is anticipated that field educators will select, and adapt as required, the aspects of the framework most relevant to the particular placement context. It may be useful to consider using this framework in conjunction with ethical practice, team work and interpersonal communication skills.

Learning Goal

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The learning goal is based on the overall objective of the AASW knowledge for practice standard 4.3. This overall objective has been divided into four key elements and learning strategies. These strategies consist of tasks and activities designed to assist the student develop the knowledge and skills (competencies) on which they will be assessed. Following each set of learning strategies are ideas and suggestions on the types of evidence to gather in order to make an assessment of the students competency in the given area. The final part of the framework consists of a series of reflective questions designed to assist the field education assessor/s in the process of making a judgment or coming to a decision about the competency of the student.

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Practice standard

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Standard 4.3 understand the role of research and evaluation in obtaining and generating new knowledge for practice

Learning this standard includes 4 essential elements:

1. Social Work research is consistent with the Code of Ethics and other formal ethical guidelines.

 

2. Research activities are based on a solid understanding of research principles and research methods.

 

3. Social work practice is informed by the evidence based research in the area of practice.

 

4. Outcomes of social work research are shared with colleagues so that the research is available to other practitioners.

 

 

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Learning strategies

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 1. Social Work research is consistent with the Code of Ethics and other formal ethical guidelines.

Student identifies in supervision social work ethical principles in the context of research.

AASW Code of Ethics

Student analyses AASW code of ethics in relation to other formal ethical guidelines and/or ethics application process. Ethics related websites and documents


2. Research activities are based on a solid understanding of research principles and research methods. 

Student undertakes a research related practice exercise such as piloting an interview schedule or survey.Student participates in a research project including these possible stages: Research stages

References : conducting research


 3. Social work practice is informed by the evidence based research in the area of practice.

Student identifies practice issues in agency and critically considers in supervision relevance of published research.

Finds out the research history/basis of particular practices or policies. Examples

Student considers debatesin the literatureabout the efficacy of  adopting evidence based approach to social work research, policy, practice.

Student (develops) skills in searching  out research knowledge for practice. These include skills in searching data bases and other library resources

Skills involved in conducting and writing a review of the literature.


 4. Outcomes of social work research are shared with colleaguesso that the research is available to other practitioners.

With input from field educator identifies most useful way of sharing this particular piece of  research.

With assistance student develops and /or delivers research using agreed strategy.

Issues to consider when presenting research.

 

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Gathering evidence for assessment

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  1. Social Work research is consistent with the Code of Ethics and other formal ethical guidelines.

Field educator observes that student can articulate and/or apply social work ethics, to their research practice.

Student presents in supervision  appropriate pieces of research to reflect on social work ethics.

Discusses/identifies relationship between social work code of ethics and/or formal processes/guidelines and ethics applications

Case example

 


  2. Research activities are based on a solid understanding of research principles and research methods.

Student provides evidence relevant to the stage of research in which they are involved (for example an audio file of an interview) 

Student completes research task.

Student identifies possible research  topics and/or questions which could be addressed in the placements practice context

Case example

 


   3. Social work practice is informed by the evidence based research in the area of practice.

Student produces literature in format relevant to the placement .

Student able to articulate their position (considering both pros and cons) on the move towards evidence based social work.

Student discusses /presents verbally or in written form/ the research basis of the particular practice/policy/intervention they investigated.

Case example


  4. Outcomes of social work research are shared with colleaguesso that the research is available to other practitioners.

Communicates research to social work staff, other colleagues, and clients as appropriate

Ideas for communicating research

 

 

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Making a judgement about competency

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WHAT LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE DOES THE FIELD EDUCATOR HAVE IN CONDUCTING RESEARCH? 

 

IS THERE A GOOD MATCH BETWEEN THE EVIDENCE YOU ARE GATHERING  AND THE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES USED?

 

HAS STUDENT HAD  SUFFICIENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP THE COMPETENCIES YOU ARE ASSESSING? 

 

IS THIS THE STUDENT’S FIRST OR SECOND PLACEMENT?

 

WHAT IS THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF THE PLACEMENT ? 

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