Evaluation and Feedback of the Practicum Course
Students and field instructors have several mechanisms to provide feedback about the practicum course. These include:
- Information Sessions
- Monday noon-hour drop in
- Practicum Advisory Committee (PAC)
- Ad hoc committees
- Year 1 Forum
- Year 2/advanced standing Forum
- Open door policy in Practicum Office
- Assistant Dean Field Education, Associate Dean Academic, Dean
- Field Instructor
- Education Coordinator
- Faculty-Field Liaison
- Online practicum exit questionnaire form
- A printable document is at Giving Feedback
Students are asked to provide feedback about their practicum experience by way of an online questionnaire. In previous questionnaires, students responded that they found it useful and beneficial to:
- Have a comprehensive orientation;
- Have access to their own desk, phone, and computer;
- Have a discussion to clarify student roles, allowing the student to be efficient and maximize their hands-on learning opportunities;
- Have protected and structured supervision time;
- Determine with their field instructor what type of supervision/education worked best for the student in that setting; students identify benefitting from different types of supervision;
- Have some direct supervision of work;
- Feel part of the team/valued by the team;
- Feel supported by their field instructor;
- Work with their field instructor to ensure development of social work competencies are offered;
- Have a discussion with their field instructor about the importance of self-care for social workers, and ways to promote self-care.
FFLs also provide feedback on the practicum setting.
Students meet with their assigned FFL at FIFSW throughout the academic year and complete an evaluation of these meetings.
The Practicum Office seeks input from the educational coordinators at U of T-recognized Teaching Centres to ensure that quality standards are met.
Student Forums are hosted by the Practicum Office to dialogue and elicit student feedback.
Weekly student ‘drop-in’ sessions are offered throughout the academic year.
The Practicum Advisory Committee (PAC) is a permanent, independent committee which provides a bridge between the practicum office, students, field and faculty. The purpose of the committee is to address practicum issues with constituency representation. The PAC may make recommendations to the practicum office and MSW Studies Committee in all areas related to the practicum process, including matters of philosophy, policy, practicum models, practicum selection and breadth, and ways in which policy is implemented and practised. Meetings of the committee occur twice each term and are open to all constituents.
The Practicum Office also seeks input from the Association of Teaching Centres (ATC), whose mandate includes; “…providing advice to the faculty for the purpose of furthering the quality of social work education and practice, and contributing to the development of knowledge in social work and social welfare.” (ATC, Terms of Reference, February 2010)
Every seven to eight years, the M.S.W. Program is evaluated by the Accrediting Committee of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE). The practicum component of the FIFSW M.S.W. program is part of this evaluation.
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