Teaching Evidence-based Practice at the BSW Level: An Effective Capstone Project.
Peterson, Susan M. Phillips, Amy. Bacon, Shannon I. Machunda, Zachary.
Published: Fall 2011
Journal of Social Work Education
Vol. 47, No. 3 , p. 509-524
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Developing student competencies related to evidence-based practice (EBP) is becoming increasingly important as an evidence-based approach to practice becomes more salient in the field. Although there has been significant discussion in the literature about how to teach EBP at the master's level, there is far less discussion about such instruction in baccalaureate programs. This article describes an undergraduate senior capstone project, which, in partnership with internship activities, developed students' familiarity with EBP concepts and improved their abilities to search for and use interventions from the professional literature. Findings from a survey study of the project indicated that students felt better prepared to use best practices and that the project enhanced their overall sense of competence as practitioners. (Author abstract)
Social workers; Evidence based practice; Competency based training; Professional training