Social work curriculum changes that really work.
The Boyer Report and the Council on Social Work Education have placed expectations on universities and social work programs to make sure undergraduate students know how to develop, use, and communicate empirically-based knowledge. Building Excellence is a handbook for integrating research into undergraduate curriculums, using the curriculum of the University of Tennessee College of Social Work as an example. This unique book showcases social work research conducted by UT seniors, who were paired upon graduation with doctoral students who helped them place their research in publication form.
Building Excellence demonstrates how universities can develop into communities of learners by strengthening critical thinking, independent thinking, and creative imagination at the undergraduate level. For several years, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has created opportunities for students to gain professional experience in their fields of interest through research projects that establish the connection between study and knowledge. The results of several projects conducted by UT seniors are presented here, reaffirming that faculty mentoring is crucial to this effort.
Student research findings presented in Building Excellence examine:
Foreword. Preface. The Revitalization of Traditional University Values Leading to Undergraduate Research. An Undergraduate Social Work Program’s Research Initiative: Evolution to a Culture of Inquirers. Sexually Abused Children: Symptomatology and Incidence of Problematic Sexual Behaviors. Stress and Strain Among Personal Care Assistants at an Assisted Living Facility. The Relationship Between Childhood Abuse and Adult Suicidal Behavior Among Rural Former Mental Health Patients. The Effectiveness of Court-Mandated Treatment on Recidivism Among Juvenile Offenders. Medication Adherence Among Older Adults. Undergraduate Research: From Educational Policy to Critical Thinking. Index. References.