Social Work Graduate Students’ Perceived Knowledge of Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development in Human Services: An Evaluation of Enhanced Instruction

By Martha Vungkhanching and Marcelia Ann Black.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This study examined the effect of enhanced instruction on social entrepreneurship and sustainable development content among social work graduate students (n=21) compared to students who received standard instruction for the same course (n=27). Pre- and post-test surveys were administered at the beginning and toward the end of the fall 2010 semester. Results indicated that while there is no statistically significant difference between groups at pre-test, the enhanced instruction group showed greater knowledge on social entrepreneurship and sustainable development on post-test than the comparison group. The enhanced instruction group also showed a statistically significant difference on their perceived importance of gaining understanding and knowledge of business skills in social work education than did the comparison group. The enhanced instruction group reported a combination of learning methods effective in understanding social entrepreneurship and sustainable development. The findings have important implications for social work education and practice. The non-random sampling method limits generalization of the findings.

Keywords: Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Development, Social Work Education, Human Services

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 11, pp.35-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 882.301KB).

Dr. Martha Vungkhanching

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work Education, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, California, USA

Dr. Vungkhanching is an Associate Professor and MSW Program Coordinator at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Vungkhanching has extensive research, practice and teaching experience in higher education. She teaches courses on human behavior in the social environment, research, field practicum, international social work, and chairs graduate students’ project/thesis. Her areas of research include health and well-being, traumatic brain injury, family caregivers, alcohol and other substance use disorders, international social work, social entrepreneurship and sustainable development.

Marcelia Ann Black

MSW Student, Department of Social Work Education, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, California, USA

Marcelia Black obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Master’s in Social Work from California State University, Fresno. Ms. Black has extensive experience as a counselor in substance abuse treatment program. She was a recipient of a Graduate Research Assistant Award in 2010. Her research interest includes substance abuse, felons, social entrepreneurship and sustainable development.

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