Listening to student experiences of supervision

Leisa Moorhouse, Kathryn Hay, Kieran O'Donoghue


This article presents the findings from a qualitative study which explored student perceptions of their fieldwork supervision experiences and the relevance of this to key stakeholders in fieldwork. Participants perceived their supervision experiences were due to their understanding of the purpose and process of supervision; their assertiveness; supervisor experience and skill; the relationship and perceived compatibility between supervisee and supervisor, and luck. The implications identified from this study include the preparation of key stakeholders in fieldwork and the pivotal role and responsibility held by fieldwork coordinators in schools of social work. 

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