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Social Work Faculty Publications

Title

In Search of Evidence-Informed Pedagogy for International Field Education: A Narrative Review

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2021

Journal Title

Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work

ISSN

2640-8066

Volume

18

First Page

181

Last Page

191

Abstract

Purpose

The authors examined the current state of available evidence to inform pedagogical practices for improving international field education.

Method

The comprehensive search followed the PRISMA checklist for reviews. After outlining specific inclusion criteria, four syntax combinations were used to search five different search engines.

Results

The authors identified 17 articles that met the inclusion criteria. The articles included seven background/expert opinion (level VII), four case studies (level VI), and six cross-sectional cohort studies (level V). None of the articles examined pedagogical practices, compared competency outcomes with students in traditional field education, or used randomized control groups.

Discussion

The current state of the literature informing international field education is anecdotal and minimal. A shift is needed away from conceptual and descriptive research to evaluation of outcomes to enhance the available evidence. Research comparing outcomes between students in international field education with students in traditional field education is especially needed.

Conclusion

Though hoping to find research to improve a program, the authors discovered an area of research in need of immediate attention.

Keywords

International, field, narrative, review, evidence

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