Educating for social action: An evaluation of the impact of a fieldwork training program

Idit Weiss, Roni Kaufman

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Abstract

This study employed a pretest-posttest design to evaluate the impact of an innovative fieldwork program in Israel that placed BS W students in social change organizations. It examined the program's impact upon students' willingness and sense of self-competence to engage in social action, their willingness to work in social change organizations, their perceptions regarding state responsibility for welfare, and the link between politics and social work. The sample consisted of 141 first-year BSW students from a research and comparison group. The findings show that the intended objectives of the program were not met. Several explanations are offered, as are implications for social work education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-30
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Policy Practice
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 4 Apr 2006

Keywords

  • Field education
  • Social action
  • Social justice
  • Social work education

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