Placement models and approaches to student supervision

Student supervisors should consider the range of placement options that are available when deciding to offer a student placement. Think about your specific work context and decide what type of placement structure and approach would be most appropriate.

There is no 'gold standard' model for student placements. When considering the various placement model options, you need to think about the advantages and disadvantages of each option and evaluate whether you could successfully implement the model in your specific work context. Remember hybrid models, which combine elements from two or more models, are also possible.

You may like to ask these questions to facilitate your decision making:

  • Consider the various models of placement and supervision. Consider whether adapting the nature or structure of the placement might alleviate some of the challenges of offering a placement.
  • Which of these might be most suitable in your work context?
  • Would a combination of these models be an option?
  • What are the benefits of using the model/s you have identified?



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