Professional Learning from the Workplace encompasses learning for work, learning at work and learning through work. It prepares students for professional life using the knowledge, skills and attributes typically acquired in the workplace. It is also a key part of Continuing Professional Development for established professionals. PLW is thus important in lifelong learning, in maintaining professional standards and in individual and organisational development. Effective support of all participants, including workplace and university tutors, is central to student success in PLW.
This learning object is one of a set of exercises and activities taken from the book 'Modern Social Work Practice' written by Mark Doel and Steven Shardlow. The meeting point of research and practice is one of the most fraught locations on the social work map. All too often, practitioners complain that research findings never tell them what they do not already know are matched by researchers' criticisms that practice is based on professional folk lore.