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Paul Sacco Co-authors Publication on Skill-based Education in the Journal of Social Work Education

Along with collaborators at six social work programs, Associate Professor Paul Sacco, PhD, co-authored a study focused on skills-based education in social work.

Focus groups were conducted with MSW students (n = 40) at programs in the United States. Four main themes were identified classroom-based opportunities for practice observation and feedback, field-based opportunities for practice observation and feedback, other methods such as standardized patient simulations and computer simulations, and attitudes about these methods.

Participants valued the skill-based teaching methods that were described, although their experiences with them varied. They emphasized sufficient preparation, time, and structure. Learning objectives should relate directly to feedback. Overall findings suggest that students want more experiential learning opportunities and that standardization of these opportunities is needed.

A special thanks to the MSW students who participated in focus groups.

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