Although simulations in social work have been increasingly used for educational purposes, the use of simulations for program assessment has not been extensively explored. This pilot study explored the use of standardized simulations as an option for observing undergraduate social work student competence in a simulated setting and using the results for program assessment. The findings indicate that simulations have the potential to be a viable option for program assessment, and the results can be useful to inform and improve teaching and curriculum updates. Simulations provide programs with opportunities to assess a range of observable student behaviors in a holistic manner. However, there are areas where the simulation process can be improved to ensure it is valid and reliable for program assessment. Suggestions for social work programs considering the incorporation of simulations into their program assessment process are discussed.
Using Standardized Simulations for Social Work Program Assessment
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Sarah P. Maynard, Michaela M. Rinkel, Risean Tinsley-Duffy; Using Standardized Simulations for Social Work Program Assessment. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work 1 January 2021; 26 (1): 175–194. doi: https://doi.org/10.18084/1084-7126.96.36.199
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