Field Education/ Field Work is an integral part of the programme of training in social work. It consists of practicing social work under the guidance of trained field instructors in selected social welfare agencies and organizations. It enables the student to see the applicability of theoretical knowledge taught in the classroom to actual situations requiring social work intervention. It is both goal-oriented to solve a particular problem to which the student addresses his / her activities and learner-centered in relation to his / her particular interest areas and aptitudes. Field work has the dual purpose of promoting the student’s own learning while contributing to the development of the people with whom he / she works, especially the disadvantaged sections of our society.
PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN FIELDWORK AIMS AT THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES:
- Provide opportunity for the integration of classroom learning and field practice and vice versa (feedback mechanism for both class and field).
- Develop skills through learning how to utilize the knowledge learnt in the classroom for analysis of problems affecting the target groups and selection of the appropriate means for problem-solving.
- Cultivate attitudes, values and commitments of the profession and those relevant to working with the most disadvantaged sections of society.
- Develop awareness of self and the way in which student’s behaviour is affected by past experiences and cultural factors, and the way in which these affect the perceptions of their response to others.
Students will be required to maintain regular recordings of the fieldwork done during the course of their study.
All students are required to dress soberly and appropriately, giving due respect to the socio-cultural practices of the people whom they work with while at fieldwork. A similar sobriety in dress code is also expected from students within the College premises and hostels.