ERIC Number: ED104273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Ability of Social Work Students to Determine the Appropriateness of Solutions to Problems Encountered in Social Work Practice.
Sturges, Jack; Yarbrough, Roy D.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether there was an association between the amount of formal social work education completed and ability of students to judge the degree of appropriateness of proposed solutions to problems frequently encountered in social work practice, and secondarily to determine whether students' judgments of problem solutions were similar to those of expert practitioners. The instrument used to obtain was the Social Work Practice Problems Inventory, which consists of 26 statements of problem situations similar to those often encountered by social workers. The analysis of data revealed that the students, irrespective of amount of formal social work education, were in general agreement about the degree of appropriateness of problem solutions but that there was substantial disagreement between the students and the practitioners. The statistically significant differences between the two groups were largely attributable to the students' tendency to rate the solutions as less appropriate than did the practitioners. Reasons suggested to account for the differences between two groups include inexperience on the part of students in dealing with similar problems, a tendency for students to be critical of less than ideal solutions, and a lack of formal educational experiences designed to improve the students' problem-solving skills. The questionnaire is included in the appendix. Statistical tables accompany the text. (Author/PG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Coll. of Social Professions.