Project Title: The Lived Experience of Placement-based Social Care Student Supervisors
Name: Lillian Byrne-Lancaster
Supervisor: Dr. Mark Taylor
An essential aspect of Social Care education is the 800 hours professional practice placement (HETAC, 2010). Learning on placement has been considered indispensable to the development of professional skills and identity formation for this group of students (IASCE, 2009). While students are prepared for placement by college based tutors, their learning and development as professional practitioners is supported on placement by Student Supervisors. In an Irish context, this role is currently under researched.
1. Understand the role of the student supervisor.
2. Identify the motivations for becoming a student supervisor.
3. Examine the rewards and challenges associated with the role.
4. Recognise how Student Supervisors assist in placement based learning.
5. Consider the training and development needs of Student Supervisors.
6. Explore the role of Student Supervisor as a mechanism to induct new members to the social care profession.