Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A case study of the impact of social work education on a diverse group of adult learners working in a grassroots, community -based family support agency
by Cook, Sharon Warren, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2009, 119; 3356127
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the study was to amplify voices of participants’ understanding of the empowerment process as they experienced it in the Social Work Paraprofessional Education Program situated in a grassroots community-based family services agency. The study was created to explore the impact of the participants’ educational experiences, the impact the program had on the way services were provided by the participants, changes in the participants’ values from the inception of the program until its termination, and their experiences with peers while enrolled in the Social Work Paraprofessional Program.

An instrumental case study methodology was used to collect data. Data were gathered through (a) individual participant interviews, (b) participant observations among participants, (c) archival documents, and (d) researcher’s field notes. A content level of analysis was conducted.

The results of the study indicated that four categories related to empowerment emerged from the analysis of data. They were: spiritual focus, self-transformation, skills acquisition, and values clarification. From these categories, four themes were generated. Implications for education and practice, along with implications for further research were recommended.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cooper, Jewell E.
Commitee: Casey, Kathleen, Hurd, Elisabeth, Taub, Deborah
School: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department: School of Education: Curriculum and Instruction
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 70/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Curriculum development
Keywords: Adult learners, Community-based, Empowerment, Family support agency, Paraprofessionals, Social work, Social work education
Publication Number: 3356127
ISBN: 978-1-109-15949-3
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