Teaching Social Work Values and Ethics Online

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dr. Stephen Marson, Professor (Creator)
Dr. Guo Wei, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/library

Abstract: During the academic year 2004-2005, SWK 4500 Social Work Values and Ethics was taught both in a face-to-face format and on Blackboard. In the Blackboard class, n = 23; while in the face-to-face class, n = 16. The professor, content and syllabi for both courses were identical. Most importantly, both classes took the identical final exam on Blackboard. An unmatched t-test indicated that there was a significant difference between exam scores [t = 2.42; df =18; p < .026]. An item analysis of the exam uncovered that the Blackboard students were troubled with the test items especially addressing the application of abstract ethical concepts to practice situations. Separate factor analyses for the two groups found that the performance of face-to-face students differed primarily on the understanding of ethical theory while Blackboard students were widely divided by their knowledge for ethical theory as well as applying ethics to practice situations. Thus, the factor analysis supported the t-test results. The final was the only test given and there were no differences for any other class assignments.

Additional Information

Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, Volume 7, Number 1
Language: English
Date: 2010
Blackboard, Face-to-Face, Final Exam, Unmatched T-Test, Factor Analysis, Social Work

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