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Theory Mapping in Social Work Placements: The KIT model applied to meso and macro practice tasks

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Ten years ago, Collingwood and her colleagues (2005, 2008) published the Three Stage

    Theory Framework (the KIT model), a model for linking theory to practice in social work

    field placements. The focus of their work was how students might deconstruct and analyse

    micro interventions occurring in the placements to enhance their work with individuals,

    couples and families. This is unquestionably an area of placement learning that can be

    enormously challenging and complex to appraise in supervision. The KIT model represents

    an amalgam approach to learning and is a popular resource in our networks for its capacity

    to support supervisors and students in communicating about micro practice assessment

    frameworks, theory to inform, theory to intervene, policy and legislative frameworks,

    skills for practice, and values both personal and professional. Such communication is also

    required in placements where research, community work and policy analysis are required

    of the student. However, meso and macro practice was not addressed by the Collingwood

    model. Moreover, the literature on available models for applying theory to practice

    highlights an enduring gap at these levels of intervention. We propose that the Three Stage

    Theory Framework can significantly enhance student completion and understanding of

    meso and macro tasks by providing clarity about the potential knowledge, skills and values

    addressed. This article examines the importance of visualising or mapping theory in social

    work education and demonstrates how the Collingwood model can be applied to theory–

    practice integration with meso and macro tasks in social work field placements

UOW Authors


  •   Fox, Mim
  •   Higgins, Maree (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Fox, M. & Higgins, M. (2018). Theory Mapping in Social Work Placements: The KIT model applied to meso and macro practice tasks. Advances in Social Work & Welfare Education,

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/4745

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Ten years ago, Collingwood and her colleagues (2005, 2008) published the Three Stage

    Theory Framework (the KIT model), a model for linking theory to practice in social work

    field placements. The focus of their work was how students might deconstruct and analyse

    micro interventions occurring in the placements to enhance their work with individuals,

    couples and families. This is unquestionably an area of placement learning that can be

    enormously challenging and complex to appraise in supervision. The KIT model represents

    an amalgam approach to learning and is a popular resource in our networks for its capacity

    to support supervisors and students in communicating about micro practice assessment

    frameworks, theory to inform, theory to intervene, policy and legislative frameworks,

    skills for practice, and values both personal and professional. Such communication is also

    required in placements where research, community work and policy analysis are required

    of the student. However, meso and macro practice was not addressed by the Collingwood

    model. Moreover, the literature on available models for applying theory to practice

    highlights an enduring gap at these levels of intervention. We propose that the Three Stage

    Theory Framework can significantly enhance student completion and understanding of

    meso and macro tasks by providing clarity about the potential knowledge, skills and values

    addressed. This article examines the importance of visualising or mapping theory in social

    work education and demonstrates how the Collingwood model can be applied to theory–

    practice integration with meso and macro tasks in social work field placements

UOW Authors


  •   Fox, Mim
  •   Higgins, Maree (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Fox, M. & Higgins, M. (2018). Theory Mapping in Social Work Placements: The KIT model applied to meso and macro practice tasks. Advances in Social Work & Welfare Education,

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/4745

Place Of Publication


  • Australia