Exploring the Challenges of Social Work Education from Field Education Perspective in Ethiopia The Case of Four Public Universities

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Alemayehu Gebru
Hunde Doja


This study has explored the challenges of field education practicum in the Ethiopian context within selected four public universities. The study, therefore, was undertaken with the purpose of exploration via qualitative case study design. The researchers used multiple data collection techniques namely interview, observation, document review, and FGDs. They employed a non-probability sampling method, purposive sampling technique, and the size of the participants was determined based on the principle of data saturation point. The data analysis took place concurrently with data collection since the approach justifies doing so thematically. The trustworthiness of the data was secured via member checking, triangulation, and peer debriefing. Ethical considerations were uplifted by informed consent from the participants, the anonymity of their identity, and the confidentiality of the information they provided kept secret through utilizing pseudo-name. The finding revealed a lack of awareness and commitment, the misconception of fieldwork, limited trained social workers at agencies, the absence of a field education coordinator, financial constraints, clients and agencies expectations, distance and uncomfortable practice environment, language barriers, and problems in report writings are the challenges to field education practicum. The study suggested the Schools of Social Work develop trust by having a memorandum of agreement with organizations, providing scholarships to field liaisons, preparing field education conferences, and project proposals for grant seeking, being a member of the Ethiopian social workers professional association, and further studies as well.

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Gebru, A., & Doja , H. (2021). Exploring the Challenges of Social Work Education from Field Education Perspective in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Journal of Social Sciences and Language Studies (EJSSLS), 8(1), 79-89. Retrieved from https://journals.ju.edu.et/index.php/ejssls/article/view/4762