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The Professional Development of School Social Workers


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The Professional Development of School Social Workers

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Title: The Professional Development of School Social Workers
Author: List, Ann B.
Advisor(s): Boverie, Patricia
Committee Member(s): Salisbury, Mark
Noll, Elizabeth
Duran, Cristina
Department: University of New Mexico. Division of Educational Leadership and Organizational Learning
Subject: adult education, professional development, continuing professional education, school social work, heuristic inquiry
LC Subject(s): School social work--United States--Case studies
School social work--Study and teaching (Continuing education)
School social work--Evaluation
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the characteristics of continuing professional education, professional development, and other growth activities that most heavily influence the practice of school social workers. It was a qualitative study framed by heuristic inquiry using in depth interviews with twenty participants from two western states. A theoretical model emerged based on three components: the context of practice, contextual learning, and practice behaviors. All three components had the same three attributes: prior learning experiences, outside learning experiences, and the personal qualities of practitioners. Two important findings were that when the participants covered only one school and were funded by multiple sources, they were able to conduct more systemically-oriented interventions than would otherwise have been possible.
Graduation Date: December 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12091

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