Empowering Students in a Feminist Social Work Practice Course

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Cathryne L. Schmitz, Professor Emeritus (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Since 1993, a faculty collective has team-taught a feminist social work practice course. The course, designed to heighten student knowledge of feminist practice, was expected to empower students. An overview of the course is presented with an analysis of its impact on student perceptions of personal and professional power. Pre and post measures of empowerment were analyzed and used to derive outcome measures of change in student views of themselves as empowered persons and practitioners. Findings indicate that students had significantly higher perceptions of their personal and professional power upon completion of the feminist practice course than before. Implications for social work students and practitioners are discussed.

Additional Information

Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 21 (3/4), 139-158.
Language: English
Date: 2001
Feminist education, Feminist practice, Empowerment, Social work students

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