Social Work Education Anti-Racism (SWEAR) Scale

April L. Murphy, Laneshia R. Conner, Austin Weiler, Becky Anthony, Jennifer R. Jewell, Victoria Venable

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Social work education programs in the U.S. are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Amendments made to the 2022 competencies reflect antiracism language, which requires assessment opportunities in the classroom moving forward. An assessment tool that assesses efficacy across the four domains, specifically related to antiracism, is essential for practice readiness, assessment, and accountability for future professional social workers. This article presents the Social Work Education Anti-Racism Scale to help programs assess their progress toward preparing social work students to become practitioners who embrace antiracism. The final scale included 30 items on five subscales related to antiracism: knowledge, values, skills, cognitive and affective processes, and professional responsibility. Applications for accredited social work programs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-13
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2024

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© 2023 Council on Social Work Education.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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