Phase I of the practice analysis process was focused on the development of an

Phase i of the practice analysis process was focused

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Phase I of the practice analysis process was focused on the development of an electronic survey instrument to assess elements of current social work practice in the United States and Canada. This phase involved a rigorous planning process that was supported by multiple subject matter expert (SME) groups, as well as examination development, psychometric, and programming expertise from ASWB and HumRRO staff. Analysis of Current Exam Content Outlines The survey development process began with a careful analysis of the survey and exam blueprints from the 2008-09 practice analysis. To accomplish this, ASWB appointed an Oversight Panel of SMEs to provide guidance and direction as the project activities were carried out. The Oversight Panel (OP) consisted of five highly experienced social workers with backgrounds in social work education and/or clinical practice who were familiar with the social work examinations, exam development process, exam blueprints, and current professional issues. (See Appendix A for demographic and other details about the Oversight Panel.) The Oversight Panel, ASWB staff, and staff from HumRRO performed a meticulous review and comparison of the blueprints for each examination category. The Oversight Panel noted several instances in which knowledge statements on multiple blueprints were either identical or shared similar phrasing. To reduce the redundancy and ensure that the survey contained the most current information about entry-level social work practice, these statements were combined into a single list. The Oversight Panel acknowledged that while some content should pertain uniquely to a particular examination category, the single-list approach provided respondents an opportunity to rate knowledge that they might not be expected to possess but do nonetheless. Establishing Task and Knowledge Statements With a general direction for the survey set out by the OP, the ASWB Practice Analysis Task Force (TF) could begin its work. The Task Force was primarily charged with developing the survey content and establishing test specifications for the exam blueprints. Task Force selection criteria ensured that the 20 members were representative of the profession in terms of practice setting, specialty area, geographic location, and demographic characteristics. (See Appendix A for demographic and other details about the Task Force.) The Task Force convened November 20–21, 2015, to participate in a focus group activity to review the content, wording, and format of the task and knowledge statements that would be included in the survey. During the meeting, Task Force members were split into four groups of five members each to review the task and knowledge statements as they pertain to each examination category. Staff from ASWB and HumRRO facilitated the group discussion. To elicit feedback and ensure a comprehensive review of the statements, the facilitators asked questions similar to those listed below: Is the list comprehensive in terms of the task/knowledge statements required to perform successfully at the entry level?
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