ERIC Number: EJ1171278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Changing Social Work Students' Perceptions of the Role of Government in a Policy Class
Granruth, Laura Brierton; Kindle, Peter A.; Burford, Michael L.; Delavega, Elena; Johnson, David H.; Peterson, Susan; Caplan, Mary A.
Journal of Social Work Education, v54 n1 p110-121 2018
Understanding student political attitudes--feelings about government and perceptions of its role--has long been of interest to social scientists. One factor that may influence political attitudes is belief in a just world, a complex psychological construct well established in the literature. Our study explores changes in social work students' perception of a supportive role of government and their beliefs in a just world after one policy course using a pretest and posttest design. Student perceptions changed toward a more supportive government role, but there was no significant change for belief in a just world. The study contributes to empirical evaluation of the social work education policy class in terms of the Council on Social Work Education competencies.
Descriptors: Social Work, Student Attitudes, Government Role, Policy, Political Attitudes, Beliefs, Justice, Educational Policy, Outcomes of Education, Competency Based Education, Student Surveys, Pretests Posttests, College Students, Trust Responsibility (Government), Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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