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Should End-Measures for Every Competency and Practice Behavior Come from Field Practicum Evaluation?

Published April 2014

by Dianna Cooper-Bolinskey, MSW
Indiana State University

Angela M. Napier, PhD
Indiana State University
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Abstract: Field education is recognized as the signature pedagogy in social work education. In this article, we acknowledge the inherent support for using the competencies and practice behaviors set forth by the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) for evaluating student performance as well as social work curriculum. However, we propose challenges to adopting field education ratings from field instructors as one of two means for evaluating the social work curriculum at both the individual and programmatic levels. With the 2015 EPAS currently in draft stages toward adoption in June 2015, this article underscores points of consideration.

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