Distance Education In Social Work: A Review Of The Literature

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Leah Hamilton, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: The growth of online technologies in higher education has presented new challenges for the field of social work education. Some have questioned whether this human interaction-dependent profession can be ethically delivered online. Technology also poses special challenges for social work education and practice in the areas of confidentiality and professional boundaries. These ethical questions have resulted in a lag for research in the area of online social work education when compared to other fields. This review of the relevant literature attempts to discover the current state of knowledge for social work education technologies. Findings indicate that barriers to human interaction and technical glitches are common concerns for educators. However, there is evidence that online social work students have statistically similar outcomes in comparison to traditional students and that technology presents new opportunities to the field if properly utilized.

Additional Information

Hamilton, L., Brown, C., & Rogers, R. (2017). "Distance Education in Social Work: A Review of the Literature." Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, Vol. 20, No. 2, pages 45-56. Publisher version of record available at: http://www.profdevjournal.org/volume19-20.html
Language: English
Date: 2017
online learning, Social Work, higher education, Distance Education

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