ERIC Number: ED289785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct-17
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Motivating the Potential Social Worker.
Clavner, Jerry B.; Clavner, Catherine
Recently, there have been some major changes in the theory and practice of social services, social welfare, and social work. However, instead of the major educational modifications necessary to accompany these changes, minor curriculum changes have taken place. The need to modify education programs is severe at the undergraduate level, and associate and bachelor degrees need to be reflective of a more modern multi-faceted reality. Education must be provided in a manner that will maximize students' facility in adjusting to the realities of the workplace, and programs must be developed to permit increased vocational mobility, permit students to move from social work to allied fields, and allow others to move to social work from related areas. The most glaring deficiencies in the programs have been in business related skill development. Students need to be able to understand how the agencies in which they will work operate financially and where and how agencies obtain funding and should have enough business skills to prepare budgets for departments and clients and write grants and proposals that include financial justification. In a society where there is competition among social service and allied health agencies, a basic understanding of marketing is necessary for agencies to survive. A multi-tracked program which includes urban community studies with a business emphasis, computer skills, and social services components has been developed for the two year associate degree program as both an applied and transferable program. (AEM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Ohio College Association of Social Work Educators (October 17, 1987).