International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Role of School Social Workers from the Perspective of School Administrator Interns: A Pilot Study in Rural North Carolina
Dr. Carol Higy, Dr. Judi Haberkorn, Dr. Natalie Pope, Ms. Tamikka Gilmore

Abstract
As a pilot study, students in a Master of School Administration (MSA) program in southeastern North Carolina were surveyed about their perceptions of school social workers. Different priorities and perspectives can make it difficult for professionals to work together, particularly if the two groups misunderstand each other’s goals and intentions. The purpose of this study was to assess the MSA student intern’s perception of school social workers and use this information to improve the way they function in the schools. Understanding these perceptions can lead to graduate education programs geared toward the establishment of cooperative relationships between social workers and administrators as they work side-by-side in the schools.

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