Dave Evans makes a convincing case that practice learning occupies a central role in the education and training of the caring professions. In doing so, he affirms the activities of many service agency staff involved in practice teaching and assessment and offers them clear models and illustrative examples to aid their development. He also explores ways in which practice learning and assessment can be effectively developed in academic settings.
Table of Contents
Contents: The importance of practice learning. Practice Learning: Learning in the practice setting; Reflective learning; Relating theory and practice. Practice Teaching: A model of practice teaching; Reflective apprenticeship. Practice assessment. Conclusion; Appendix; References; Indexes.
’...sophisticated, yet still very practical...This book needs to be urgently read by policy-makers in this area and by those concerned about developing the futures of their professions. It is also well suited for use in courses preparing practice teachers for their roles and helping experienced practical teachers to reflect on their experience and further develop their practice...The book...will help both practitioners to use their heads and theorists to keep their feet on the ground.’ Professor Michael Eraut, University of Sussex, UK ’This is not a how to do it manual. There are practical ideas, but the approach is more of how to understand it. As such it might become a classic. It is a book to ponder over, reflect upon, return to and value. It is a fitting legacy to the professions that benefited so much from Evans’ contribution.’ Community Care ’This is a valuable contribution to the developing literature on practice learning and a useful resource book for practice teacher programmes and those undertaking the practice teacher role.’ British Journal of Social Work ’...enlightening and practical...an excellent resource for anyone involved in the professional education of students.’ Social Work Education ’...a fitting tribute to the outstanding commitment and contribution to practice learning by the author...’ European Journal of Social Work ’This is a practical text, and will likely appeal to readers who want a range of models to enhance their work with students...Evans' message is about collaboration and cooperation. His balanced treatment of contributions made by both academic and field staff within the student learning process facilitates this message, and makes this book a good resource for anyone involved in the business of practice learning.’ Social Work Review