ERIC Number: ED225034
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Demographic Survey of Home and School Visitor/School Social Work Personnel in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Hawkins, Mable T.; And Others
The job title, "Home and School Visitor/School Social Worker" (HSV/SSW), suggests an ambiguous and unclear job role requiring a diversity of skills and a wide variety of educational credentials. HSV/SSW personnel (N=271) were surveyed to develop an accurate picture of the HSV/SSW as he/she exists in Pennsylvania today. Survey results presented a profile of the average HSV/SSW, including: (1) age and sex (51 to 55 year old female); (2) employer (employed by a public school district); (3) educational background (master's in education or social work); (4) professional status (certified by the Department of Education); (5) experience (9-15 years on the job); and (6) salary ($1200-1700 per month). The findings suggest the usefulness of a needs assessment to determine the effectiveness of and gaps in HSV/SSW services in Pennsylvania school districts; the adoption of definitive and clear standards for certification of HSV/SSW personnel; the need for improved preparation programs for HSV/SSW personnel; the adoption of continuing inservice training programs for practitioners and administrators; and the creation of additional training programs to prepare new HSV/SSW personnel as replacements for those nearing retirement. (PAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Association of School Social Work Personnel.