Non-Traditional and Traditional Social Work Students: Perceptions of Field Instructors
traditional, non-traditional, social work, field practicum
Drawing on a sample of undergraduate social work students from four mid-western social work programs, this study compared perceptions of field instructors regarding non-traditional and traditional students. Field instructors rated their perceptions of the successful fulfillment of the demands of field practicum and the impact of several life characteristics for traditional and non-traditional students.
Non-traditional students were rated significantly higher on a variety of measures as assessed by field instructors. This study has implications for social work education that involves differential recruitment, retention, and support of traditional and non-traditional students.
Zosky, Diane L.; Unger, Judith; White, Kay; and Mills, Sandra J., "Non-Traditional and Traditional Social Work Students: Perceptions of Field Instructors" (2003). Faculty Publications - Social Work. 20.