What field education experiences do social services students regard as meaningful?

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Manninen , N , Kuusisto , E & Tirri , K 2018 , ' What field education experiences do social services students regard as meaningful? ' , Sosiaalipedagoginen aikakauskirja , vol. 19 , pp. 43-57 . https://doi.org/10.30675/sa.70141

Title: What field education experiences do social services students regard as meaningful?
Author: Manninen, Niina; Kuusisto, Elina; Tirri, Kirsi
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Learning, Culture & Interventions (LECI)
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Sosiaalipedagoginen aikakauskirja
ISSN: 1457-2168
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/296437
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the kinds of field education experiences that social services students (N = 113) regard as meaningful. The theoretical structure was based on a ”purpose of life” framework (Damon, Menon & Bronk 2003). Pursuing a helping profession is identified as a life purpose when it is a personally meaningful long-term life goal that is intentionally realized by benefiting others. Based on quantitative and qualitative data, the study relates the students’ meaningful field education experiences to a sense of community, learning professional competencies, and learning related to the self. Students’ confidence in helping and in social advocacy increased after their field education, and they were less concerned with searching for purpose. Helping seems to be an important life goal for the students but explicitly reflecting its pro-social meanings does not seem apparent.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
social services students
field education
purpose of life
purpose in helping
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