The requirement of multiple measures for program assessment set out in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) may be challenging for social work programs as the evaluation shifts to student competencies and practice behaviors. This article offers a thorough description of a competency- based capstone project as one program assessment tool for the measurement of all 10 core competencies and 41 practice behaviors. The capstone, using a simulated case necessitating many of the skills required in practice, is second only to field instruction as a competency measure. Appendix A includes an actual capstone assignment as a relevant evaluation tool. Identifying student strengths and weaknesses is an essential component of the capstone assessment. Students begin the capstone after the completion of two field experiences and the majority of the social work curriculum.
A Capstone Assignment to Measure Student Competencies as a Program Assessment Tool
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Cynthia West, Colin Key, Michelle Horton; A Capstone Assignment to Measure Student Competencies as a Program Assessment Tool. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work 1 January 2012; 17 (1): 167–190. doi: https://doi.org/10.18084/basw.17.1.k4m14k45508w7866
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