The Relationship Between Service Learning And Undergraduate Social Work Students' Professional Value Development

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Denise Levy Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dept. of Social Work (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Service learning has long been used to foster students’ personal and professional development and encourage civic engagement. This study explored how service learning affected the development of professional values in undergraduate social work students, with a focus on the core values of the profession outlined by the National Association of Social Workers. Thirty-six students enrolled in a service-learning course with 30 hours of required service in an agency completed a survey at the end of the semester. The majority of respondents reported observing a slight or significant increase for them personally in each of the core values as a result of the service-learning experience. The core values of service and competence increased the most. Working with agency clients and participating in class discussions were the most helpful in the development of all the core values.

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Levy, D. & Edmiston, A. (2015). The Relationship Between Service Learning and Undergraduate Social Work Students’ Professional Value Development. The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Volume 20, pages 137-155. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2015
service learning, professional values, core values

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