2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

Statistics Skills Preferred by Social Work Graduate Programs
Jeffrey V. Leafblad*, Gail I. Harmata, Clare N. Fielding, Bethany R. Dixon, and Hannah M. Raeber
Dr. David B. Conner and Dr. Jeffrey Vittengl, Faculty Mentors

Adequate knowledge obtained during an undergraduate education about statistical analysis and the software which is available can be essential to success in many graduate programs. The current study involved an electronic survey of approximately 237 Social Work programs with a response rate of 34% (n=81). The contacts were obtained from the CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) and our questions were designed to assess desired level of statistical skill, familiarity with statistical software packages, and current preparedness of incoming social work graduate students. The survey recently closed and the data is currently being analyzed. As technology and budget issues lead to changes in teaching methods related to statistical analysis and software it is important to know what graduate programs expect of their incoming students. The results of this survey should help us to know more about statistical preparedness for undergraduates wishing to enter a Social Work Graduate program.

Keywords: statistics software, statistical skills, graduate programs, survey, statistical analyses, graduate school preperation, social work graduate school, undergraduate statistics

Topic(s):Statistics

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 113-1
Location: MG 1096
Time: 9:00

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