Sarah Williams and Lynne Rutter
Published by Learning Matters
The Practice Educator’s Handbook is one of a series of post-qualifying social work texts produced by Learning Matters. The book is based on the four domains of the framework of the Practice Educator Framework, published almost immediately after considering the draft proposal was only completed in October 2009. It has therefore taken a chance that the framework would not be drastically changed after its pilot and evaluation.
The format of the book is well laid out and easy to follow for those practice educators unfamiliar with the domains. The underpinning basis for the book is work-based learning and the planning, support and assessment of competence of professional social work practice. There are some very good sections on learning theories and understanding learners which are a useful reminder of the need to treat the post-qualifier as a student, and someone in need of targeted learning opportunities rather than generic experience.
Throughout the book there are case study examples, reflection points and activity suggestions which are great for dipping into and provide some practical, easy suggestions for last minute planning. Overall this is a well structured and extremely useful book for any practice educator – let’s just hope the book is not rendered futile by too many changes to the framework.
Louise Hollick is a senior practitioner and associate lecturer in social work in Liverpool.
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