ERIC Number: EJ1154640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Exploring Self-Efficacy among Entry-Level and Advanced BSW Students
Simmons, Christopher; Fisher, Amy Killen; Barnard, Marie; Allen, Susan C.
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v37 n4 p369-384 2017
This study compared a sample of entry-level and advanced BSW students, who completed pretest and posttest self-efficacy measures, to assess their level of confidence in performing social work tasks after 15 weeks of instruction. By the end of the semester, only advanced students made significant gains in self-efficacy beliefs, and they showed a significantly higher self-efficacy belief than entry-level students. Results suggest that increased mastery experiences, as found in the advanced social work curriculum, may help students develop confidence in their ability to practice as professional social workers.
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Undergraduate Students, Social Work, Counselor Training, Pretests Posttests, Mastery Learning, Advanced Students, Comparative Analysis, Introductory Courses, Outcomes of Education, Measures (Individuals), Social Cognition, Statistical Analysis, Student Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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