Significance Of School Social Work: A Literature Review

Arti Mann


School is one of the important units in developing child’s personality and after school family follows in child’s personality. Thus the family and the school are the central places for the development of children but due to the absence of a close school, home and community liaison our education system suffers from number of impediments. The present paper shows how school social workers can play a significant role in enhancing conducive school and family environment for effective learning. In addition it illustrates the vast scope of social workers in the education setting.


School social work, School Social Worker, Teacher’s Mental Health, Development Academic Performance, Parental Participation, Children’s Performance, Guidance

Full Text:



Adams, A. (1996). Even basic needs of young are not met. Retrieved from

Adeyinka, A.G. (2009). Marriage and family in changing society. Ilesha: Wanday Press Publisher.

Agarwal, R., & Kapoor, M. (1998). Parent’s participation in Children academic activities in relation to their academic achievement at the primary level, Journal of Indian Education, Vol. XXIII (4).

Appelbaum and Chambliss, (1997). Cited in Article, Power and Conformity in Today’s Schools, Justin Saldana, PhD., published in International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Vol. 3 No. 1; January 2013.

Barnard, W. M. (2004), Parent involvement in elementary school and educational attainment. Children and Youth Services Review, 26.

Battle, J., & Lewis, M. (2002). The increasing significance of class: The relative effects of race and socioeconomic status on academic achievement. Journal of Poverty, 6(2).

Bhatnagar. A., (2012 May). The challenges that Indian teachers face when seeking employment at international schools and how to overcome them. Retrieved on May 10, 2015 from

Bolu-steve, F. N. & Sanni, W. O. (2013, March). Influence of Family Background on the Academic Performance of Secondary School Students in Nigeria. Life Psychologia, Vol. 21, No. 1.

Bowen, N. (1999, Jan). A role for school social workers in promoting student success through school family partnership. Social Work in Education Vol. 21, No.1.

Bowen, N., & Bowen, G. L (1998, Oct). The effect of Home Microsystem Risk Factors and School Microsystem, on student academic performance and effective investment in schooling. Social work in education Vol. 20, No. 4.

Bowers, Swithun (1952): “The Nature and Definition of Social Case Work”, Principles and Techniques in Social Case Work ed. Cora Kasius, New York.

Bronstien, L.R., & Kelly, T. D (1998, July). The Multidimensional approach to evaluating school linked services: A school social work and country public school partnership. Social Work in Education, Vol. 20, No. 3.

Counts, George S. (1932). Dare the School Build a New Social Order? Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

Crosnoe, R., Johnson, M. K., & Elder, G. H. (2004). School size and the interpersonal side of education: An examination of race/ethnicity and organizational context. Social Science Quarterly, 85(5).

Gandhi, A. (1990). School Social Work, New Delhi: Commonwealth Publishers.

Henderson, A., & Berla, N. (1994). A new generation of evidence: The family is critical to student achievement. Columbia, MD: National Committee for Citizens in Education.

Henslin. (1999). Cited in Article, Power and Conformity in Today’s Schools, Justin Saldana, PhD., published in International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Vol. 3 No. 1. January 2013.

Hussain, Ch. Abid. (June 2006). Effect of Guidance Services on Study Attitudes, Study Habits and Academic Achievement of Secondary School Students. Bulletin of Education and Research, vol. 28, No. 1.

Institute of Medicine (1989): Children and adolescents with mental, behavioral and development disorders: Mobilizing a national research initiative. Washington DC: National Academy of Sciences.

Joshi, S. (1996). Child Survival, Health and Social Work Intervention. New Delhi: Concept Publication.

Kumar, M. L. (1989). Attitude of Teacher and Students towards School Social Work program. Unpublished M. Phil Dissertation submitted to Department of Social Work Jamia Millia Islamia University.

National Mental Health Programme. (1982). New Delhi: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

National Policy on Education. (1986). New Delhi: Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Education, Government of India.

Panda, A. K. (2005). Elderly women in Mega polish. New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company

Peck, R. F. & Mitchell, J.V. (1962). “What research says to the teacher mental health”. Washington DC: American Educational Research Association.

Reddy, E. V. (1995). Primary education in the web of poverty culture, Paper presented at the international seminar on school effectiveness and learning achievement at primary stage, organized by National Council of Education Research and Training, July 17-19, 1995.

Roberts, G. A. (2007). The effect of extracurricular activity participation in the relationship between parent involvement and academic performance in a sample of third grade children. UT Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Retrieved from 11186.pdf

Robinson, M. (1978). School and Social Work. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

Saldana, Justin (2013). Power and conformity in today’s schools. International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol. 3, No. 1.

Saxton, J. (2000). Investment in education: Private and public returns. Retrieved from

Trecker, H. B. (1955). Social Group Work: Principles and Practices. New York: Association Press.

Walberg, H. J. (1981). A psychological theory of educational productivity. In F. H. Farley & N. U. Gordon (Eds.), Psychology and Education. Berkeley, CA: McCutchan

White House Conference on child health and Protection. Preliminary Committee Reports. New York: Century 1930.

WHO (1996). Life Skill Education in Schools. Geneva: Division of Mental Health, WHO.


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.