Best Practices for Quality Field Education: Conceptual and Empirical Contributions

Field education is arguably the most significant component of the social work curriculum in preparing competent, effective, and ethical social workers. This session will present the theoretical and evidence base for best practices.  Field instructors and students can examine their current experiences in light of this information and consider what they are already offering and what they might add to their field education.


Marion Bogo is Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. She is the former Dean and first appointee to the first Endowed Chair in Social Work. Her research focuses on social work education, including field education and the conceptualization and assessment of professional competence. She has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters, and 5 books. Professor Bogo is a member of numerous journal editorial boards and Associate Editor North America for Social Work Education: The International Journal. She has consulted to schools of social work in North America, Asia, and Europe. In 2013 she was awarded the Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award from the Council of Social Work Education, USA in recognition of her contributions to social work education and to improving assessment of professional competence.  In 2014 she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada for her achievements in the field of social work as a scholar and teacher, and for advancing the practice in Canada and abroad.