Teaching note a cross-curricular, problem-based project to promote understanding of poverty in urban communities

Daniel S. Gardner, Ellen Tuchman, Robert Hawkins

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This article describes the use of problem-based learning to teach students about the scope and consequences of urban poverty through an innovative crosscurricular project. We illustrate the process, goals, and tasks of the Community Assessment Project, which incorporates community-level assessment, collection and analysis of public data, and social policy analysis and planning. Students in three master's classes (Social Work Research I, Ending Poverty: Models for Social Change and Social Action, and Advanced Social Policy in Aging) worked in selfdirected groups to explore the impact of economic insecurity on our most vulnerable clients. The project engaged students, linked research and policy practice, and helped to educate the next generation of social workers about urban poverty and strategies for community-based research and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-156
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Volume46
Issue number1
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StatePublished - Dec 2010

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Teaching note a cross-curricular, problem-based project to promote understanding of poverty in urban communities. / Gardner, Daniel S.; Tuchman, Ellen; Hawkins, Robert.

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