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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work




Portland State University. School of Social Work -- Curricula, Social work administration, Education -- Curricula



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1 online resource (85 p.)


Professional schools have realized for some time that there is an uncomfortable gap between the requirements of their academic curriculum and the realities of a professional job. The skills required, performance level and final product, are noticeably different in the academic world than in the work world. This void between what is required in school and what is required on the job, has become of increasing concern as larger numbers of academically qualified students compete for a decreasingly smaller number of jobs. Additionally, institutes of higher education, caught in current day fiscal realities, are under pressure from both students and the community to produce programs that are relevant to the external world and practitioners who are trained to function in that world.

With these realities in mind, the School of Social Work at Portland State University applied for and received a grant from the Social Rehabilitation Services of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare to begin to examine those skills which are required by middle management personnel in the human service field. The purpose of the project was to develop a curriculum for social work students whose career goals were in the areas of administration, management and planning and which would also include performance measures on which to test for competency. The project was thus entitled, “Performance in Management.”


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Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work, Portland State University

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