One undergraduate program served as a case study to illustrate early faculty efforts to assess students' learning outcomes. The purpose of the evaluation was to demonstrate students' acquisition of applied generalist practice skills, consider curriculum affirmations and innovations, and meet evaluation standards for social work education program accreditation. Within a multiple-method program assessment designed to measure outcomes and impacts of a specific program logic model, faculty developed a new instrument to assess preparation for generalist practice of one cohort of graduating BSW students. Practicum supervisors used field observations to rate the extent to which students attained a new benchmark of entry-level generalist practice skills. Findings revealed that the students reportedly met or exceeded the generalist practice skill benchmarks, but some skills were stronger than others. The new instrument was useful but requires further development. Several examples show how faculty used the outcome data for suggested subsequent program activities and curriculum modifications.
Assessing Graduating BSW Field Students' Preparation for Generalist Practice
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Joanne Riebschleger, Susan Grettenberger; Assessing Graduating BSW Field Students' Preparation for Generalist Practice. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work 1 September 2006; 12 (1): 184–202. doi: https://doi.org/10.18084/1084-7126.96.36.199
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