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Alison Domakin

Alison has been qualified as a child and family social worker for over 25 years. She has experience of frontline child protection practice and has worked in a range of third sector organisations including Childline.

Alison has worked in higher education teaching social work since 2003. She played a significant role in leading a Step up to Social Work programme in her last role which stimulated her research interest in the potential of learning for and from practice.

Research interests

Social work education innovations focusing on learning from practice

Selected publications

Domakin, A (forthcoming) “Why it is important to grade practice skills in social work education?  Making the case for a new approach to assessment in social work practice.”

Domakin, A and Williams, J (forthcoming) “Learning how to grade practice reliably – developing a new pedagogy for marking practice in social work education”

Domakin, A and Curry, E (forthcoming) “Partners in practice: practice educator and academic tutor perspectives on working together to support learning on the Frontline programme

Domakin, A., Forrester, D. & Killian, M. (forthcoming) Marking practice skills in social work qualifying education: A Study of Consistency in Grading Seven Hundred Observations of Practice

Domakin, A and Forrester, D (forthcoming) Putting practice at the heart of social work education: Can practice skills be reliably graded by different markers in child and family social work contexts?

Domakin, A. (forthcoming) “Practice makes perfect: Integrating theory and practice in social work education using Laurillard’s ‘Conversational Framework’ for Learning”

Domakin, A. (2015) “The importance of practice learning in social work: do we practice what we preach?” Social Work Education: The International Journal, Vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 399-413

Domakin, A. (2014) “Are we making the most of learning from the practice placement?” Social Work Education: The International Journal, Vol. 33, no. 6, pp. 718-30

Domakin A. (2013) “Can Online Discussions Help Student Social Workers Learn When Studying Communication?”, Social Work Education, Vol. 32, no.1, pp. 81-99

Conference Presentations

Domakin, A and Curry, E (2016) “Partners in practice: practice educator and academic tutor perspectives on working together to support student learning on the Frontline programme” at National Organisation for Practice Teaching Conference, Wolverhampton, England. 

Domakin, A and Wilkins, D (2016) “What can we learn from observing and grading skills in child and family social work?” at: 6th European Conference for Social Work Research – Reflective social work practices in contemporary societies: dialogues and new pathways between praxis and research, Lisbon, Portugal.

Domakin, A (2014) “A Partnership approach to Assessing Readiness for Direct Practice” at: 16th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference with the 8th UK Social Work Research Conference Social Work – Making Connections, London, UK.

Domakin, A. (2014) “In Conversation with Practice Educators” at 10th International Conference on Practice Teaching and Field Education in Health and Social Work, Connections, Creating Connections, repairing disconnections and building relationships in practice learning and field education, Glasgow, UK

Domakin, A. (2013)  “Are we making the most of learning from placement?” at: 15th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference with the 7th UK Social Work Research Conference Positive Practice in Hard Times Social Work Fights Back, London, UK.

Domakin, A. (2013) “The experience of dementia observed” at: Discourse, Power, Resistance Conference 2013. Greenwich, UK

Domakin, A. (2012) “Daring to think outside the box: Using the principles of Collaborative Inquiry to consider different ways of ‘teaching’ social work following the recommendations of the Social Work Reform Board” at: 14th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference with the 6th UK Social Work Research Conference 21st Century Solutions: Evolving or Devolving. Manchester, UK.

Domakin, A. (2012) “‘Putting on my top hat, tying up my white tie, brushing off my tails’: the 21st century academic as performer, entertainer and expert. Are there alternatives to this? Insights from a social work educator’s personal learning experience of using Collaborative Inquiry to study.” at: Research Institute for Health and Social Change 8th Annual Conference. Manchester, UK

Domakin A. (2011) “Staying one step ahead? The Step Up to Social Work Employment based route to social work: an HEI perspective” at: 13th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference with the 5th UK Social Work Research Conference Shaping the future of social work: priorities, challenges, opportunities. Manchester, UK.

Domakin A. (2011) “Maternal ambivalence and social work assessment practice: integrating learning from research and personal experience” at: Gender and Child Welfare Network 4th Interdisciplinary Conference. Galway Ireland.

Domakin A. (2010) “Can online discussions be used as tool to shape the learning experience of student social workers?” at: 12th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference with the 4th UK Social Work Research Conference Shaping the future of social work: priorities, challenges, opportunities. Hertfordshire, UK.

Teaching

Alison teaches in a range of areas related to child and family social work. She has an interest in supporting learning in reflexivity and professional practice.

Qualifications

Qualifications Currently undertaking a PhD focusing on innovations in social work education: learning for and from practice. MA Academic Practice, PG Certificate Systemic Supervision Practice, PG Diploma in Social Work, PEPS Stage 2 Practice Educator, FHEA

Location: London

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