Helen E. Petracchi

Helen E. Petracchi
University of Pittsburgh | Pitt · School of Social Work

PhD, MSSW

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September 1991 - present
University of Pittsburgh
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (53)
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Service learning is neither field education nor volunteerism. Rather, it is a pedagogical approach designed to reinforce classroom instruction with concurrent service activities occurring in the local community. This service is driven by community-identified needs. Service learning supports social work values, yet the profession has been slow to em...
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Community assessment is a strategy commonly taught to social work students to identify a community’s strengths and challenges. This article describes the value of using video documentary as part of a community assessment assignment. We identify the advantages of using video documentary in the assessment process and the reporting of findings. We dis...
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Given the increasing numbers of international social work students in the United States, it is incumbent upon social work faculty to understand their needs for appropriate support as they adjust to life as foreign-born students. This paper has two main goals. First, we discuss contributions and challenges faced by international social work students...
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Literature on social work student experiences in distance education is limited, as are studies of student experiences using valid comparison groups. This study compares three groups of students in a research methods course. One group took the course in a classroom from which interactive television (ITV) broadcasts originated; another group particip...
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Background and Purpose: Service-learning is a pedagogical approach, integrating classroom instruction with community experiences to meet course goals. While the service-learning literature has grown in recent years, minimal attention has been paid to its impact on social work education nationally. Current literature assesses localized service-learn...
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Service-learning is a pedagogical approach that integrates students’ classroom instruction with community experience. This article discusses qualitative results from a national survey examining service-learning in Council on Social Work Education–accredited baccalaureate programs. Almost 80% of the 202 program respondents required service-learning....
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This article is Part 2 in a 2-part series discussing the new guidelines for Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) issued in April 2008 by the Council on Social Work Education. The 2008 EPAS shifted the focus of assessment for accreditation or reaffirmation from the evaluation of program objectives to assessment of educational outcom...
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In April 2008, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) issued new guidelines for Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The 2008 EPAS shift the focus of assessment from the evaluation of program objectives to assessment of educational outcomes and student achievement of practice competencies. Major accreditation challenges for s...
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This article describes a civic engagement and service learning living-learning community on a dedicated floor in a university residence hall. Students volunteered to live with one another while concurrently enrolled in social work service-learning courses. Student assessment of the combined affect service learning and residence hall living-learning...
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In April 2008, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) issued new guidelines for Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The 2008 EPAS shift the focus of assessment from the evaluation of program objectives to assessment of educational outcomes and student achievement of practice competencies. Major accreditation challenges for s...
Conference Paper
Background & Purpose: Service-learning is a pedagogical strategy combining classroom instruction with community service as an academic learning resource. Service learning provides opportunities for students to reflect, think critically, and engage in creative problem solving strategies. In fact, Lemieux and Allen (2007) describe service-learning as...
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The social work education literature contains limited discussion of the use of role play in the classroom. This article discusses the logistics of recruiting and utilizing professionally-trained actors to simulate clients in social work role plays. Promising results from assessments of BSW and MSW students with actor-simulated clients are presented...
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This article addresses the dearth of research utilizing a quasi-experimental design and student performance measures in assessing web-assisted instruction in social work undergraduate practice courses. Social work students were randomly placed into two sections of a practice course. The experimental section (n = 18) students received 50% of course...
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This study evaluated the effectiveness of interactive television in teaching an MSW foundation research methods course. Specifically, the performance of distant students who received instruction via interactive television was compared with the performance of their peers who received simultaneous face-to-face instruction in an interactive television...
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Objective: This study evaluated the performance and experiences of distance learning students enrolled in a graduate-level foundation social work research methods course. Method: Students who received face-to-face instruction in a media-readied classroom on the main campus of the university were compared with their remote classmates who simultaneou...
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Objective Given the rapid growth of distance education in social work, there is need to evaluate contemporary efforts in schools of social work, including multisite assessments of distance learning. This article reports multisite data addressing the question of how students enrolled in distance learning courses at two urban campuses (one using Inte...
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Literature on social work student experiences in distance education is limited, as are studies of student experiences using valid comparison groups. This study compares three groups of students in a research methods course. One group took the course in a classroom from which interactive television (ITV) broadcasts originated; another group particip...
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The literature available to social work educators contains limited discussion of the use of role play simulation in the classroom. This paper presents the experiences of first-year MSW students in a foundation generalist practice class who were evaluated using role play for their final examination. In a unique arrangement, clients in these simulati...
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Face-to-face instruction remains the dominant teaching method in undergraduate social work education today. However, the technological explosion of the 1980s and 1990s has provided the opportunity to expand our thinking beyond these traditional methods. An increasingly popular method of social work education utilizes various technological media to...
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This study compared students enrolled in a foundations research methods course utilizing face-to-face instruction with students taking the course via ITV. Students receiving face-to-face instruction scored better on the mid-term, but there were no statistically significant differences on the scores of the final examination, the written paper, or th...
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This study compared students enrolled in a foundations research methods course utilizing face-to-face instruction with students taking the course via ITV. Students receiving face-to-face instruction scored better on the mid-term, but there were no statistically significant differences on the scores of the final examination, the written paper, or th...

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