Clinical Assistant Professor Michael Lynch and Clinical Assistant Professor Kathryn McClain-Meeder publish, "Bridging the divide between practice and academia: An integrated model of field education"

Published April 10, 2019

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch.

Kathryn McClain-Meeder

Congratulations to Clinical Assistant Professor Michael Lynch and Clinical Assistant Professor Kathryn McClain-Meeder on the publication of their article, "Bridging the divide between practice and academia: An integrated model of field education."

Lynch, M. & McClain-Meeder, K. (2018). Bridging the divide between practice and academia: An integrated model of field education. Field Educator.

Abstract

Field education is often seen as the vehicle by which theory is integrated with practice. Through field education, students are able to link the traditional classroom curriculum with real-life practice. If field is the place where curriculum meets practice, why do the worlds of practice and academia seem so far apart? Why do field instructors feel disconnected from social work faculty? In this brief article, we will argue that field departments have a unique and exciting opportunity to bridge the worlds of practice and academia and make unique and meaningful connections between these two worlds. Specifically, we will look at the role of field in facilitating student, agency, and faculty participation in field placements with an enhanced curricular focus (ECF).