Date of Award

3-1-1996

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Professor Sandra Foster

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to identify the current role of the school social worker in Atlanta Public Schools and to determine whether teachers in the school system understood the function of the school social worker, as well as the need for social work services in the school system. Currently there exists confusion and overlap in the roles of various professionals in youth services.

The participating school system was the Atlanta Public School System. The site for the sample was John F. Kennedy Middle School. The sample consisted of 36 of the 42 teachers assigned to this location. The subjects were surved using an instrument from a previous study by Woodard in 1966.

The analysis revealed that the teachers in the school system had a general knowledge of the school social worker's function in the school setting. The study also revealed a significant number of teachers recognize the need for social workers in the school system.

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