Developing Kia Tene/Off the Cuff – A resource for field educators in social work in Aotearoa New Zealand

Jude Douglas


Kia Tene denotes something to hand, something easily picked up and used. It is the name for a resource set of 14 learning and teaching activities designed specifically for field educators working with social work students in the field in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is available for viewing and use under the Creative Commons 3.0 share-alike licence at

The Kia Tene/Off the Cuff resource was completed during 2009 and 2010 and funded by Ako Aotearoa National Centre of Tertiary Teaching Excellence. The project was a collaboration between 12 schools of social work led by Jude Douglas. Students, field educators and fieldwork coordinators were involved with its development.

This paper outlines the context of field education in social work education in Aotearoa New Zealand and then describes some key challenges and how this project serves as a response to them. 


social work education; field education; kia tene/off the cuff,

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