ERIC Number: ED201287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of the Long Term Educational Grant Program of the Social Security Act, Title XX, 1978-80.
Laverty, Grace E.
A Pennsylvania Department of Education 1979 evaluation of the long-term educational grant program provided for in the Social Security Act 1975 Amendments is described. Interview schedules were developed and administered to supervisors and students working in Title XX agencies on effects of the just completed educational experience on job performance. It was found that 90 percent of students interviewed felt well prepared for working in the agencies, and all students saw value in the placement experience in increasing their skills and knowledge, and even more in developing more mature attitudes toward themselves and clients. Students generally did tasks typical of the level of the employees they were being trained to fill. All supervisors agreed that the students provided needed services, helped in handling the case load, and would be missed after the field placement since regular employees had to take over the cases and jobs that students had been doing. Responsibilities that students undertook during the fieldwork are indicated. Additionally, college contacts who supervised students placed in agencies were also interviewed. Eight schools had actual employees of Title XX funded agencies involved in their regular courses, or they offered special courses in these agencies. Samples of 38 student-workers and the supervisors of 30 employees were interviewed. It was found that workers and their supervisors were enthusiastic about most of the education and training. The major criticism concerned graduate programs that focused only on administrative areas and failed to meet the needs of agencies for experienced employees with advanced direct service skills. Program reports are presented from 14 colleges and universities. The major difficulties common to all programs were due to funding patterns (delay in approval and funding). Colleges involved include: Bryn Mawr College, California State College, Community College of Philadelphia, Elizabethtown College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Lock Haven State College, Marywood College, Montgomery County Community College, Pennsylvania State University, Shippensburg State College, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, and West Chester State College. Sample interview schedules are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Agency Role, Clinical Experience, Experiential Learning, Federal Programs, Grants, Higher Education, Internship Programs, Job Placement, On the Job Training, Program Evaluation, Public Agencies, Social Agencies, Staff Development, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Supervisors, Work Study Programs
Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Research and Evaluation, Harrisburg, PA.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Security Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania; Social Security Act 1975 Amendments