ERIC Number: ED399567
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
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Efficacy in Social Work Writing.
Carney, Debra; Koncel, Mary A.
Social workers write under many and varied pressures. A study examined the writing tasks and challenges facing social workers. An open-ended questionnaire was administered to 16 social workers in the Boston area--half were clinicians, and half were administrators/clinicians. The questionnaire was divided into three sections: a description of writing tasks, a description of writing practices, and a description of the education and/or training that prepared the participants for these writing tasks. Results revealed that social workers view writing as essential to their profession, yet many have difficulty meeting their professional writing demands. One major concern for this sample was balancing three challenges: working with confidential material, producing under tight time constraints, and writing for multiple audiences. Findings suggest that social workers not only desire but would also benefit immensely from ongoing writing instruction geared specifically to their profession. As the profession places increasing importance on effective writing in the future, it is imperative that social workers become strong, competent, and confident writers. To achieve this goal, writing instructors and social workers can join forces in both the academic and professional realms. (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts (Boston)