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Many social workers are anxious about the use of evaluation techniques and are particularly reticent about using statistical research. Strategies for understanding the steps involved in integrating practice and evaluation in a school social work setting, an appreciation for the need of evaluation, and knowledge of various resources on conducting evaluation and research in school social work practice are covered in this workshop document. It is suggested that school social workers implement and integrate a single-system research design into their practice and strategies for doing this are covered here. Social workers can take advantage of an abundance of existing data in a school system, such as disciplinary referrals, attendance, and grades, in setting up their system. Suggestions for interpreting data and the use of descriptive statistics are also discussed. The final step in the integrated model of practice and evaluation is reporting to the agency, the client, and the profession. It is emphasized that school social workers must share information regarding practice outcomes. It is argued that school social workers must appreciate the importance of outcome-focused research and move beyond anecdotal evidence and descriptive endeavors. Contains a list of 32 definitions. (RJM)

Descriptors: Data Interpretation, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Pupil Personnel Workers, Research Tools, School Social Workers, Social Work, Statistical Data, Statistics, Workshops

Autor: Whitfield, Gary W.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10232&id=ED410476

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