Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Maria Brown

Second Advisor

Mary Lou Williams

Third Advisor

Maggie Quinlan


Social work students must develop a sophisticated ability to recognize bias in themselves and others to engage in culturally sensitive practice. Research was modeled on Latting's (1990) teaching model. MSW students participated in a quasi-experimental, non-equivalent control groups design. Participants also evaluated the training.

Students' ability to identify bias was expected to increase following a training that explains the universality and functions of bias and provides a safe yet challenging context in which to critically examine bias. A large majority of respondents in the experimental group stated that their awareness of bias increased due to the training. However, quantitative results did not allow rejection of the null hypothesis. Quantitative and qualitative evaluations of the training indicate that it succeeded in creating the sense of safety essential to developing cognitive sophistication in looking at bias.


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