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ERIC Number: EJ1143055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
Using Community-Based Research to Improve Bsw Students' Learning in Community Practice: Bringing the Macro into Focus for Traditional and Distance Learners
Lucero, Jessica L.; Evers, Jenifer; Roark, Jennifer; Parker, David
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v37 n3 p260-279 2017
This article describes community-university partnership building, course development/management, and evaluation outcomes related to an intensive community-based research project that was integrated in two sections of an undergraduate course on community practice. Pre- and posttest data were collected from 60 BSW students who were enrolled in community practice and who participated in a community-based research project with their state's fair housing office. The evaluation outcomes focus on changes in professional interest in macro practice, students' self-efficacy, and differences in students' learning experiences, based on traditional bricks-and-mortar or distance learning contexts. Results show that students experience increases in self-efficacy related to community assessment and intervention. Qualitative results show that students experienced shifts in their professional goals related to macro practice, increased competence and understanding, and personal transformation. A number of differences emerged between traditional and distance learners. Results are discussed in the context of curriculum development and next steps for institutionalizing CBR in community practice courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Utah
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