Contrasts and reflections: Social work fieldwork supervision in Brazil and England

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  • Barbara Zilli Haanwinckel
  • Joana Angelica Barbosa Garcia (Contributor)
  • Barbara Fawcett

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  • Universidade Federal Do Rio de Janeiro


This article compares field supervision in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to practices in a major city in England in order to contextualize the academic training of students. It considers practical dimensions and incorporates a qualitative study carried out in England exploring how the process of supervision in social work affects student learning and development from the supervisor’s perspective. In the study, particular attention is paid to field support provided to students and to practice educator qualifications. The results support the importance of placement supervision and the role of practice educators and supervisors in the overall social work education process.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Social Work
Early online date1 Mar 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Mar 2017


  • social work academic training, Education, learning process, social work supervision, supervisor role

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