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The Andragogic Learning Center

A Field Study in Social Work Education


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The Andragogic Learning Center by Moshe Sonnheim
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This publication was made possible by the Rector's Fund in support of publications and books, Bar Ilan University, Israel. The Andragogic Learning Center examines an eight-year study at the Bar Ilan School of Social Work, Israel (1989-1997). The study tested the efficacy of an innovative community-based teaching approach, combining field and class instruction. The efficacy of interaction between teaching and learning style in learning process and context was also examined. More than 400 B.S.W. students participated, divided each year into an experimental group of twelve students learning all three social work methods, and two control groups learning two social work methods. A number of hypotheses were tested, utilizing a detailed before/after questionnaire, which included a learning style questionnaire (TABS) and Middleman's Study Guide for ACSW Certification Exam. Role, Learning, and Andragogy Theories provided a framework for interpreting and understanding the process and results.

Author Biography

Moshe Sonnheim, a retired senior lecturer, Bar Ilan University School of Social Work, Israel, has more than fifty years of experience in practicing, supervising, and teaching social work methods. He is an MSW graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work and a DSW from the School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University (NIMH Fellowship). Shlomit Lehman is the director of the Family Services Center, a domestic violence treatment and prevention center specializing in the religious and haredi population, at Yad Sarah, which is an Israel-wide organization of volunteers. She earned her Ph.D in Social Work at Bar-Ilan University, where she also taught and conducted the research for this study. Lehman was born in Jerusalem.
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December 21st, 2009
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United States
University Press of America
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