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ERIC Number: EJ845788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
Evaluating the Effects of an Applied Learning Exercise on Students' Interest in Social Policy
Weaver, Robert D.; Nackerud, Larry G.
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v25 n3-4 p105-120 2005
There is ample evidence that points out that the majority of social work students have little interest in social policy analysis. In this study, the impact a classroom-based policy construction exercise had on the interest level in policy of a differentiated sample (N = 43) of MSW students, in which participants were enrolled in either a community- or family-practice program, was measured. Results of a paired samples t-test suggest that the exercise significantly increased the participants' interest in social policy, as t(42) = 2.59, p less than 0.05. When comparing the effects of the intervention on the respective subsamples, only the family-practice group yielded significant results, as t(20) = 2.14, p less than 0.05. The implications this study has for social work educators striving to increase students' interest in social policy, particularly among aspiring micro practitioners, are also discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A