Assessing Progress Toward Accreditation Related Objectives: Evidence Regarding the Use of Self-Efficacy as an Outcome in the Advanced Concentration Research Curriculum

Gary Holden, Kathleen Barker, Gary Rosenberg, Patrick Onghena

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Objective: Assessing the achievement of social work educational outcomes is a requirement of the Council on Social Work Education's Educational Policy and Standards (EPAS). The Evaluation Self-Efficacy Scale (ESE) was created to assess student progress in advanced concentration courses focused on evaluation and thereby provide data regarding attainment of EPAS-related objectives. Method: This social cognitive theory—derived scale was pretested, revised, and then used with a final sample of 85 master's-level students in a single-group, pretest-posttest-retrospective pretest study. Results: Cronbach alphas for the ESE were0.94 or greater. Evidence of both content and construct validity was obtained. Conclusion: The results provide evidence that supports the psychometric properties of data obtained using the ESE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)456-465
Number of pages10
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2007



  • CSWE
  • EPAS
  • accreditation
  • educational outcomes
  • evaluation
  • outcome measures
  • self-efficacy
  • social cognitive theory
  • social work education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)

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