The learning climate for administration students
Chernesky, R. H.
Healy, L. M.
HAWORTH PRESS INC
MetadataShow full item record
The percentage of MSW students specializing in administrative practice has been declining in recent years, as has the percentage of NASW members who identify themselves as administrators or supervisors. One of many possible explanations for these trends is that schools of social work are inhospitable environments for social work administration. The research reported in this article sought to determine if administration students perceive the school climates at three different universities to be hostile to social work management practice, and, if so, to explore the dynamics of how these climates influence the choices made and the education of administration students. We found that at all three schools, nonadministration students were perceived to be critical of students who selected administration concentrations and administration as a career path, that majorities of students experienced anti-management comments and attitudes in a variety of forms, and that administration students thought their foundation courses provided inadequate background for their advanced studies. The article concludes with a discussion of the findings and recommendations for change. (C) 2004 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
This paper was originally presented at the Administration in Social Work Editorial Board Institute, Charleston, SC, June 2002. The authors would like to thank Mike Austin for his very useful comments on an earlier draft of the paper.
Ezell, M; Chernesky, RH; Healy, LM. The learning climate for administration students. ADMINISTRATION IN SOCIAL WORK. 2004. 28(1): 57-76
Items in KU ScholarWorks are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.