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ERIC Number: EJ1174306
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
How Prepared Are MSW Graduates for Doctoral Research? Views of PhD Research Faculty
Drisko, James W.; Evans, Kristin
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v38 n2 p198-213 2018
This national survey of PhD faculty assessed the research preparation of entering doctoral social work students on a wide range of research knowledge and related skills. The prior literature shows that PhD programs repeat much BSW and MSW research course content. This study shows that the trend continues and has perhaps widened. PhD research faculty report that the typical entering PhD student displayed solid conceptual, ethics, and writing skills but lesser preparation for conducting quantitative and qualitative research, including methods related to understanding evidence-based practice. The research expectations of responding PhD faculty were low, reflecting limited retention and little production of research among typical entering doctoral students. These findings raise the issue of how effectively the social work profession prepares students for research and for future PhD education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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