Methods: The TFEL partnership activities are organized into three streams: 1) Digital storytelling; 2) National study; and 3) Applied practice research. Each stream employs a range of research methods, including digital storytelling, surveys, interviews, and dialogue circles. The Symposium will include a presentation from the members of the working groups in each stream of the project.
Results: The project will contribute to building academic competencies and professional skills for students, postdoctoral fellows, and the current and future generation of social work academics, practitioners, and policymakers. Students and postdoctoral fellows will learn the art and science of integrating research and practice. The potential influence and impacts of the project will facilitate partnered research training initiatives in support of practice research and the collaborative development of a multi-level strategy aimed at moving beyond the current state of crisis toward sustainable models of social work field education. Effective academic skills of value for both academic and non-academic careers will be fostered through collaborative research teams; practice research; and writing and publishing reports, papers, articles, and chapters directed to diverse audiences.
Conclusions and Implications: The Symposium will discuss the role of partnerships in social work field education and the focus of training and mentoring. The projectsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ training and mentoring plan recognizes the need for trainees to develop theoretical, research, professional and career readiness skills for social work practice, and to support the transition of students to practice settings in academia, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Through supervision and mentoring from team members and ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“hands onÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ training and participation in research, students and postdoctoral fellows will learn how to carry out a research project, become ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“research-mindedÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢, and integrate Research as Daily Practice.