ERIC Number: ED123138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Attitudes of Social Workers in a Welfare Department Toward the Usefulness of Their Education.
Goltermann, Glen E.
The hypothesis of this study is that at the six-months level of employment at the Florida Division of Family Services, social workers with a bachelor of social work (BSW) degree will have a more positive attitude toward the usefulness of their education than those employees in the division of family services holding the bachelor of arts (BA) in another discipline. The sample consisted of 150 randomly selected social workers. A social work training usability scale, containing 60 attitude items, was developed as an attitude measurment scale. Of the 150 questionnaires administered, 83 percent were returned. Five major conclusions were derived from the data: (1) BSW social workers feel strongly that their education has been useful in their work in the social services area; (2) degree holders in both social work and other disciplines feel that they are overprepared for working in the payments area; (3) BA social workers do not feel that a BSW degree would be helpful on the job, yet feel strongly that specialized knowledge in work with individuals, groups, and community would be helpful on the job; (4) as age increases, desire for specialized training also increases; and (5) respondents in the payments area suggested several courses which may be relevant for education or inservice training. The study can be of value to administrators of the Division of Family Services in evaluating the effectiveness and policy of employing and training practitioners whose degrees are in areas of study unrelated to social work. (Author/JR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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