TFEL Project Summary
The goal of the Transforming the Field Education Landscape (TFEL) partnership project is to integrate research and practice in the preparation of the next generation of social workers by developing partnered research training initiatives, both within academia and across the public and not-for-profit sectors, that enhance student and trainee research practice knowledge and applied skill development. The team is comprised of researchers and partners from Canadian and foreign post-secondary institutions; provincial, national and international social work associations; government departments; and private, public and not-for-profit organizations. The objectives are:
- To transform social work field education by bridging the gap between research and practice through joint training initiatives, projects and other forms of multi-stakeholder engagement and integration;
- To strengthen the recognition of the importance of social work practice research by enhancing knowledge and skills among students, postdoctoral fellows, and current and future practitioners;
- To train and mentor students and postdoctoral fellows through new partnered research training initiatives that build the research capacity of the current and future generation of social work scholars, practitioners and policymakers;
- To support the development of sustainable models of field education through engaging students and postdoctoral fellows in research on promising practices in social work field education across Canada;
- To engage students and postdoctoral fellows in partnered knowledge mobilization and the multi-directional exchange of knowledge in Canada and internationally on promising practices for sustainable field education and practice research.
TFEL is built on an inquiry-based learning and transformational approach that will create new opportunities for students and postdoctoral fellows to explore, identify and develop promising practices for integrating research training in social work practice. Training and mentoring activities are organized into three streams: (1) Digital Storytelling, (2) National Study (to inform the development of sustainable field education models) and (3) Applied Practice Research. This partnership will provide the opportunity through a large scale educational and practice collaboration to explore new ways of bringing together field education and research efforts to solve current challenges being experienced in both areas.