ERIC Number: EJ805936
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Do Social Workers Make Better Child Welfare Workers than Non-Social Workers?
Perry, Robin E.
Research on Social Work Practice, v16 n4 p392-405 2006
Objective: To empirically examine whether the educational background of child welfare workers in Florida impacts on performance evaluations of their work. Method: A proportionate, stratified random sample of supervisor and peer evaluations of child protective investigators and child protective service workers is conducted. ANOVA procedures are used to test if performance scores on a multitude of items differ for workers with university degrees in social work, psychology, sociology, criminology, education, business, and other fields. Results: The ratings of social workers' skills and competency do not statistically differ from those workers with other educational backgrounds on 20 measures of performance. Conclusion: Findings suggest that the educational background of child welfare workers is a poor predictive variable of their performance as evaluated by supervisors and peers. However, more research is needed to determine if performance evaluations of workers are positively correlated with successful service outcomes with clients. (Contains 8 tables.)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Predictor Variables, Educational Background, Social Work, Job Performance, Personnel Evaluation, Vocational Evaluation, Program Validation, Caseworkers, Credentials, Welfare Services, Supervisory Methods, Peer Evaluation, Competence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Florida