Assessment 4 - Submit 3 Journals
The journal provides students with a legitimate reason to stop and take a breath and reflect on the activities of the day, promoting and establishing the skills and habits of being a reflective practitioner.
Writing your journal goes beyond a recording of tasks or events. That type of recording is achieved with your the time logs, which should capture the tasks of your placement. Journalling is a real attempt by students to critically examine their activities and reflect on their thinking, feelings and behaviors, and the impact on their daily placement work, considering theoretical frameworks, personal value positions and professional ethics.
Your liaison should provide feedback to your journals to support your critical reflection and learning journey.
Each journal should address the specific topic/theme (outlined below) within the student's specific placement context.
Journal 1 - Organisational environment, culture, structure & goals
Journal 2 - Theory to Practice
Journal 3 - Professional identity
Students should choose a journal template (see below options) that they find most suited to their reflective task. Ideally, students would experiment with a different template for each of the three journal reflections.
Students are encouraged to complete the journals in the workplace, logging the time towards your placement hours.
>> Students who take journals 'home' to complete or find themselves' too busy' to complete within their placement hours should know that this is a flag to all stakeholders that you have forgotten that you are a 'student' not a 'worker'.
Aligned subject learning outcomes
- Demonstrate and apply knowledge of values, ethics and professionalism in social work practice
- Describe, reflect on and engage in culturally responsive and inclusive practice
- Explain the knowledge for social work practice and higher level systemic influences on people in order to implement knowledge into social work practice
- Demonstrate an appropriate level of interpersonal and communication skills informed by reflections on use of self
- Demonstrate information recording and sharing strategies within the placement context
- Actively participate in professional development and supervision.
Aligned professional standards/ competencies
AASW Standard 6.3 The social worker uses ongoing reflection on practice in order to enhance the development of their skills, knowledge and understanding
AASW Standard 6.4 The social worker views their own development as an ethical practitioner as essential.
Due Date: Journal 1 - after 1st liaison meeting
Journal 2 - around mid-placement liaison meeting time
Journal 3 - no later than 2 weeks prior to final placement week
(please confirm submission times with your liaison at the first liaison meeting)
Length: Students to submit 3 x journals 1200-1500 words each
Grading: Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory
You may select one of the templates available below, unless you have been directed otherwise by your liaison person.