Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work

First Advisor

Maurice Kelly

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor


To determine the effect of graduate social work research courses on student research knowledge and attitudes towards research and to find predictors of these, two groups of social work students—one tested prior to and another tested following their social work research courses—were measured on several antecedent variables and on a test of research knowledge, attitude and interest in research as a career. Having an undergraduate major in psychology was predictive of high research knowledge and having had prior research work experience was indicative of a positive attitude towards research. Post-research course students demonstrated greater knowledge of research and a stronger interest in research as a career than Pre-research students. Attitudes towards research were not different between groups however the Research group expressed a less favourable attitude towards research in teh field placement and the introductory research course than the Pre-research students. The findings were interpreted as indicating that the research courses had an effect of increasing the research knowledge and interest in research as a career of social work students exposed to the courses in spite of some dissatisfaction with elements of the research courses.

Convocation Year


Included in

Social Work Commons