Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


School of Social Welfare

Content Description

1 online resource (viii, 160 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Anne E Fortune

Committee Members

Nancy Claiborne, Bruce Szelest


Assessment, Competency, Field Education, Macro Social Work, Social Work Education, Social work education, Social workers, Macrosociology, Fieldwork (Educational method)

Subject Categories

Social Work


The dissertation study explores the complex concepts of macro social work student competence and describes the development and pilot of a field evaluation that employs the use of qualitative student descriptors in the evaluation of macro social work students. A qualitative student descriptor is a short statement that describes a behavior of a social work student. When used for field evaluation purposes, field instructors are given a list of qualitative student descriptors that cover a range of competency levels. Field instructors are asked to indicate which statements best describe their student. Each qualitative student descriptor is linked with a 1-5 rating, with the numeric rating not known to the field instructors when they complete the evaluation.

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Social Work Commons