Date of Award
D.S.W. Social work
Dr. John Vafeas
Dr. George Ioannidis
Dr. Julie Lewellyn
Social workers have been a part of the school community for over 100 years and, although they have proven integral in the lives of students and families, their roles and functions are not clearly understood by their chief school administrators. Administrators’ awareness of the role and function of school social workers holds implications for the delivery of these services. This study explored administrators’ level of awareness and the level of value placed on the role and function of school social workers based on the three components of the School Social Work Practice Model developed by the School Social Workers Association of America: to provide evidence-based educational, behavioral, and mental health service; to provide a school environment conducive to student learning; and to maximize access to school-based and community-based resources. This study also explored the relationship between the level of awareness and the level of value placed on the role and function of school social workers. Findings from this study showed Pennsylvania public school administrators are aware and do value the role and function of school social workers. Further findings showed a significant positive relationship between the level of awareness and the level of value placed on the role and function.
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Marshall, Jen, "Awareness of and Value Placed on School Social Work: A Study of Pennsylvania’s Public School Administrators" (2021). Social Work Doctoral Dissertations. 18.