Learning about social work research through service-learning.

Laura Lowe, Jeff Clark

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Social work educators have struggled for some time with best way to encourage students and practitioners alike to engage in professional research. This research project examies theimpact of using a service learning expeirence with a homeless agency on students' attitudes toward social work research. Quantitatitve methods were used to collect and analyze data on students' comfort and self-efficacy regarding social work research. Qualitative data informed the research regarding students' attitudes toward the service learning experience as well as their learning experiences in general. Results indicated students' attitudes toward research imporved over the course of the semester, and that they demonstrated learning through, found benefit from, and enjoyed engaging in the service learning project. The authors conclude that service learning can be a useful pedagogy for engaging students with the topic of social work research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-59
JournalJournal of Community Engagement & Scholarship
StatePublished - Jul 2009


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