n AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society - Challenges faced by fourth year social work students during fieldwork practice at a rural-based university

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1998-4936
  • E-ISSN: 2075-6534


The roots of social work education in South Africa originate from its colonial and apartheid history. However, despite the changes taking place, the legacy of apartheid in South Africa still manifests itself through the education systems, especially in higher education institutions in the rural areas. The aim of this paper is to examine the challenges faced by students in a rural-based university with a focus on social work students doing fieldwork practice. The paper draws on a historical analysis of social work education in South Africa. The qualitative research was conducted in the five districts of Limpopo Province in South Africa. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions. The findings indicate that students face some challenges, including, limited income, accessibility, lack of clear guidance, motivation and support in carrying out their fieldwork practice.

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