In order to test the hypothesis that undergraduate social work students, over the course of two years, will move in the desired direction on scales measuring humanistic values and on scales measuring orientations to profession, client, agency or community, students in one BSW program were studied longitudinally. Forty-one students were tested in 1978 and in 1980. Students obtained significantly higher scores on a scale of humanistic values over the course of two years. Students scored higher on profession and client orientations and lower on agency orientation over the same period. Students manifested a strong career interest in social work education at the MSW level.
Merdinger, Joan M.
"Professional Development of the BSW Student,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 12
, Article 9.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol12/iss2/9