First Advisor

Thomas Burgess

Term of Graduation

Spring 1970

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work




Social work education



Physical Description

1 online resource (95 pages)


This study refined the criteria for the measurement of graduate student performance in a school of social work.

By using present criteria from other studies and general student performance criteria from school brochures a questionnaire was constructed. This questionnaire was administered to a. sample of students, faculty and field instructors from Portland State University School of Social Work. The data from the completed questionnaires were then processed by computer to determine the means, standard deviations of the items, and the correlations between items and between raters.

Through the computed correlations, means, and standard deviations the acceptability and reliability of the questionnaire were established. Through the use of cluster analysis, clusters were formed which pointed to specific criteria by which social work students could be evaluated.

Statistical data indicated that the questionnaire was moderately acceptable and reliable. A greater acceptability and reliability would be desired.

The cluster analysis gave varying numbers of clusters for each group of raters. For the student raters there were seven clusters, for the first group of academic raters there were three clusters, for the second group of academic raters there were three clusters, and for the field raters there were two clusters. The ratings of both the field instructors and the second group of academic raters were dominated by a general impression cluster, raising questions about the acceptability and the reliability of the questionnaire for those raters. This general-impression cluster showed that these raters did not discriminate between characteristics of students but rated them on the basis of a general impression of the student.


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