Undergraduate research courses? A closer look reveals complex social work student attitudes

Mary Secret, Janet Ford, Elizabeth Lewis Rompf

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Abstract

This study of 285 BSW students over a 4-year period examines the students' initial attitudes toward learning research and identifies associated characteristics. In contrast to social work students' reputation of being “research reluctant,” findings reveal considerable variation, with a large portion of students reporting overall positive attitudes. Ordinary least squares regressions revealed that women and students with less statistical knowledge are more fearful of research courses, while older students and those with greater levels of social work empowerment find research courses to be more appealing. The study findings suggest 3 pedagogical principles upon which various teaching strategies may be based.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-422
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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