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Title: An exploratory study of conflict resolution between social work practicum supervisors and supervisees
Author: Leung Kam Ping , Kathy
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2011
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Abstract of thesis entitled "An exploratory study of conflict resolution between social work practicum supervisors and supervisees" by Leung Kam Ping Kathy for a Doctoral Degree of Education at the University of Bristol in January 2011. Practicum supervision is a signature of social work education. As a social work practicum teacher, I found conflicts between practicum supervisor(teachers) and supervisees (students) is so common, however, there is a gap in the literature and theory on conflict management in supervision, regarding the relationship between supervisor and supervisee. This study has examined, within the context of a single higher education institute in Hong Kong, why and how conflicts take place in the supervisory dyad of social work practicum. The researcher, as an on-site faculty staff of the studied university, adopted a qualitative case study method to explore the experiences and views of practicum supervisors and supervisees. Data collection took place in semi-structured interviews with supervisors and supervisees, as well as document reviews of practicum handbooks. The results suggested that, III asymmetrical relationships, young and mature students employ a variety of tactics when involved in conflicts with their supervisors. Constructive conflict management was found when student consider the supervisor would respect hislher views. Most of the supervisors in this study, in contrast, were found to manage conflict with their practicum students positively, with some took such clashes as 'teaching moments'. Based on the findings and analysis, with the conflict theories and models, this study proposed a dynamic model for conflict management in social work practicum. Towards the end of the study the researcher discussed about the use of hierarchical power, a re-examination of assessment methods and development of student-oriented pedagogy.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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